The Countdown to Christmas has officially began in Bishop Auckland
The Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor David Fleming took great pleasure in officially opening the Countdown to Christmas Event in the Market Place on Friday 23rd November with an estimated 2,000 people flocking to start the festive season.
Bishop Paul Butler blessed the event before a magnificent Nativity Scene unfolded which was performed by St John’s School and Sixth Form College in partnership with St Anne’s Church and Jane Crawford.
Visitors enjoyed delicious food from the Full Moon Street Food Market and attractions that were on offer including the Big Purple Play Bus, children’s rides and a Santa’s grotto in the Town Hall.
Bishop Auckland Fire and Rescue gave Santa a lift to the Town Hall balcony where he switched on the Christmas Tree Lights.
The evening closed with a festive medley of Christmas songs performed by Innovations.
The Mayor said:
“It was a great evening with lots going on and I was really pleased to see so many people enjoying themselves, the look on the children’s faces when Santa arrived by Fire Engine was priceless.”
The Mayor went on to thank people behind the scenes who made the event possible including, Stanley Events, Councillor Brownson the MC, staff at the Town Hall, St John’s School and Sixth Form College, St Anne’s Church, Innovations, Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP and Bishop Auckland Community Fire Brigade.