Thousands enjoy market's 20th anniversary

Over 30,000 people descended on North Shields to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the town’s annual Victorian Christmas Market.

Organised by North Tyneside Council, over 100 stalls were a part of the event - 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 Sarah Day, cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “This was the 20th anniversary of our Victorian Market and as always, the turnout was absolutely fantastic.

“We had so many amazing stalls and the entertainment was great - I’d like to thank everyone involved, from the thousands of visitors and the staff who supported the event, to all of our partners and the stallholders who make this event possible.

“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, hog roast, German sausage, churros, waffles, fresh coffee and mulled wine.

The event was supported by Kier North Tyneside, the Beacon Centre and North Shields Chamber of Trade.