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Thousands enjoy Victorian Christmas Market

Over 30,000 people descended on North Shields for the town’s annual Victorian Christmas Market.

Organised by North Tyneside Council, visitors browsed over 100 stalls, selling all manner of festive food, drink and crafts, over the weekend.

A service from local churches, with musical support from the Salvation Army band, got the weekend underway and traditional entertainment followed from local schoolchildren singing Christmas carols on the bandstand.

Stallholders and volunteers donned Victorian clothing for the weekend and the Customer First Centre and Beacon Centre got involved with free festive activities.

Cllr Eddie Darke, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said, “As always, it was a great turnout and I’d like to thank everyone for coming, especially all of the stallholders who braved the cold temperatures and the bandstand choirs for such excellent performances.

“The market is part of our wonderful Winter Festival, which has seen many fantastic events take place across the festive season, and we now look forward to more exciting activities in 2018.”

A range of hot street food traders also proved popular with visitors over the weekend, who were able to sample wood-fired pizza, handmade burgers, hog roast, Bangladeshi dishes and churros.

The event, which is supported by Kier North Tyneside, the Beacon Centre and North Shields Chamber of Trade, will return next year, on December 8 and 9, for its 20th anniversary.