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Village Delight for Festive Fun Day

Residents and visitors from across South Tyneside joined a village community as their festive celebrations got underway.

The Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson and Mrs Cathy Stephenson, officially opened the Whitburn Winter Festival Fun Day, which took place at the Barnes Institute.

Visitors were able to browse a range of stalls selling a variety of festive gifts and treats as well as enjoy carol singing. Youngsters were also able to have their faces painted, enjoy magic tricks and a make a special visit to Santa in his grotto.

The Deputy Mayor said: "The Deputy Mayoress and I were delighted to open this year's Whitburn Winter Festival Fun Day at the Barnes Institute, which was transformed into a winter wonderland. I was lovely to see the whole community coming together for the occasion.

"With something for all ages to enjoy, it was fantastic that so many families and children were there enjoying the activities and entertainment on offer and getting into the Christmas spirit."

The Whitburn Winter Festival Fun Day was organised by the Barnes Institute with support from volunteers, local community and church groups as well as the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum.

The event was also backed by the Whitburn and Marsden ward members, Councillor Tracey Dixon, Councillor Peter Boyack and Councillor Joyce Welsh.

Councillor Tracey Dixon said: "The Whitburn Winter Festival Day once again proved to be a hit with people from across the borough with something for everyone to enjoy.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers, community and church groups and other local organisations, as well as the Whitburn Village Festive Committee, for all their hard work in staging this fantastic event."

For further information about Christmas in South Tyneside, visit South Tyneside Council's website at   


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