Wednesday, November 22, 2006
A taste of Christmas is being laid on in Saltburn as the town enters the festive season. A full day of festivities will take place on Saturday from 10am-6pm to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas lights.Organisers Saltburn 500 club say the event will be bigger and better than ever. And a new focal point will be a Christmas speciality market, organised by the Real Meals delicatessen, with a wide range of seasonal food, gift and craft stalls. Real Meals will sell their produce and even cook Spanish paella for people to sample. Local chocolatiers will tempt chocoholics, and other traders will offer traditional Christmas produce and homemade organic food. There will also be trade, gift and charity stalls, plus a "secret garden" by the Friends of Saltburn Library. From 1pm there will be Christmas decoration making for children, organised by the Woodland Centre and Sure Start. But the day starts at 10am with bands playing carols in Station Square. There will also be clowns and Punch & Judy at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm, with the lights switch-on at 5pm. The revitalised programme is backed by the Agora project, a scheme part-funded by Euro cash to reverse economic decline in eight UK communities. Stephanie French, Agora's business development manager, said the Christmas market was "the first in a series of promotional initiatives intended to revitalise Saltburn." She added: "It will be a great opportunity for some local Christmas shopping and a chance to place orders for food and wine with local retailers."