Christmas market proves to be a record breaker

Hundreds of supporters helped make a charity’s Christmas market the best ever.

A record-breaking £18,000 was raised at St Oswald’s annual Christmas Market, with bosses at the hospice thanking all those who played a part.

The event was opened with help from Wishee Washee, Widow Twanky and Constable Pong from The Tyne Theatre’s Aladdin pantomime while Miss Junior Northumberland Galaxy, Juliette Taylor, cut the ribbon to welcome the waiting visitors.

The event included food and drink stalls, raffles, furry animals, a Santa’s grotto, readings by Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books, animation workshops by The Disney Store, and carol singers and musicians.

The Market had a fancy dress theme, and this year’s choice was ‘Pantomime Favourites’ with staff and volunteers dressed as well known characters from the Christmas plays.

Laura Hargreaves, fundraising co-ordinator at St Oswald’s, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who came along and supported us as well as all our wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to help us on the day.

“We are delighted to have raised a record-breaking amount of money and could not have done it without our supporters.

“It was fantastic to have real Panto stars from Aladdin at the Tyne Theatre opening the market and everyone really got into the festive spirit of things.

“We hope everyone managed to get some Christmas shopping done whilst enjoying all the cakes and mulled wine.”