In the market for festive fare and fun

Ponteland resident Jayden Park meets Santa in his grotto. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Ponteland resident Jayden Park meets Santa in his grotto. Picture by Keith Robertson.

A festive first for Ponteland Rotary Club has been hailed a big success.

There were a range of activities for those who went along to the Christmas Market, which took place at Ponteland High School, to enjoy and a variety of gifts and goods were available.

These included Christmas cards, stationery, books, hand-made toys, beauty products, jewellery, scarves, dog gifts, prints and balloons.

Children who went to see Santa in his grotto received a special Christmas pack resource to be used in the build-up to the big day.

There were about 40 stalls in total and the entertainment included some live music. More than £1,000 was raised on the day for local charities.

Ponteland Town Council and Newcastle International Airport provided sponsorship for the market.

Ponteland Rotary Club Immediate Past President Alan Hall said: “Hundreds of people attended, many of them were family groups, and they really seemed to enjoy what we and the stallholders had to offer as there were things that appealed to all of the various age ranges.

“There were a variety of hot food options available and even though the outdoor activities were restricted because of the bad weather on the Saturday, overall we’re really pleased with how it went.

“It was a fantastic festive occasion and we’ve received great feedback from the stallholders.

“We’re very grateful to Ponteland High School headteacher Kieran McGrane business manager Claire Hancock and the caretaking staff were extremely helpful on the Friday evening and the day of the event.

“I would like to thank all those from Ponteland Rotary who were involved with the market, particularly lead organiser Clare Stagg.”

He added that club members are already starting to plan for next year’s event.