Santa grounded but Christmas fair is a grand affair

Santa's little helpers Georgia Robinson and Lisa Bacon at the RABI Christmas fair.
Santa's little helpers Georgia Robinson and Lisa Bacon at the RABI Christmas fair.

Storm Desmond might have grounded Santa's plane but he made it to a Christmas fair to help raise more than £1,000 for a farming charity.

Father Christmas had planned to fly in to the newly developed Doxford Barns wedding venue by plane on December 6 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution's (RABI) first Christmas craft and gift fair, but high winds put paid to that mode of transport.

Instead, he resorted to his sleigh and many children were treated to a visit to his grotto and all left with a present.

more than 30 stalls and attractions, including a row of vintage tractors, around 380 members of the public supported the event, with the entry fee including a cup of tea and biscuits. Mulled wine and mince pies were also available.

Committee chairman Stoker Frater said: “We had a tremendous day with loads of support. We raised around £1,400, which will go towards farmers, farm workers and their dependants, who find themselves in financial difficulties. The money will go towards the £50,000 paid out in Northumberland last year. It is especially important this year, with poor prices, poor weather and delays in support payments.”

The committee thanked all at Doxford for their support, as well as praising the help from stallholders and the public.