Volunteers set for busy festive period

Whitley Bay Street Pastors who will be on duty over the Christmas period. Picture by Peter Wigglesworth.
Whitley Bay Street Pastors who will be on duty over the Christmas period. Picture by Peter Wigglesworth.

Volunteers are preparing to help keep drinkers safe this Christmas period.

Four more Street Pastors have been commissioned to join a team of more than 40 patrolling Whitley Bay and the coastal area.

They will offer support to vulnerable people who have been using clubs and pubs in Whitley Bay, shopping on an afternoon, or using the Metro on a Friday night.

Street Pastors can help by listening, providing a safe haven while friends and relatives are sought and handing out space blankets, flip flops and water to those who need them.

They work closely together with the local police, taxi marshalls and others working in the night-time economy.

Chris Lincoln, Street Pastors co-ordinator for Whitley Bay, said: “We always look forward to our December patrols.

“While it can be very cold at 3am there is a really good atmosphere on the streets. This year, we have a bigger team.”