Army’s in the market for Christmas

THE Salvation Army in Bedlington is launching its Christmas Market this weekend.

The Bedlington Corps will have more than 12 decorated stalls, including food, fancy goods, crafts and house plants.

A café will be open from 11am to 3pm, serving soups, turkey baps, tea and coffee.

Sheila Dixon, Corps secretary, said: “In the car park there will be a kids’ roundabout, candy floss, roast chestnuts and members of the Salvation Army Band will be playing carols.

“Inside, Father Christmas will be attending to meet children with a little gift and listen to their desires for Christmas morning presents. It’s a great event for Bedlington community.”

The market opening ceremony will be performed by Brian Oliver, chairman of Bedlington Community Forum.

Prior to the market opening at 11am, a Nativity film will be shown from 9.30am, arranged by Richard Wearmouth, the Army’s community development co-ordinator, and aimed at children of all ages.