AN annual shopping extravaganza in aid of charity has proved a success.

There were more than 70 stalls at this year's Durham Shopping Extravaganza – organised by volunteers to raise money for local charities – which was held over two days from Wednesday.

Organisers said the footfall on its opening day was good despite wet weather.

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Co-chair Nicky Swan said: “Footfall has been amazing and constant throughout our first day to the point where we had to extend the parking, which is very encouraging.

“We've had 76 stalls this year, some old favourites and lots of new ones, so there was plenty for people to buy, from food to fashion, gifts and items for the home.

“We must say a big thank you to all our sponsors and donors – BHP Law, Sherwoods, Brewin Dolphin, Lycetts and Parklane Plowden Chambers – to our fabulous volunteers and, of course, our shoppers and our charities, who make it all the hard work that goes into staging the DSE worthwhile.”

The event is held every year at Ramside Hall Hotel, near Durham.

It has raised more than £400,000 since it started and this year's recipients include DFW Adoption and St Cuthbert’s Hospice, in Durham, My Sister’s Place, Middlesbrough, and RABI North East.