A community workshop aimed at relieving isolation and encouraging new friendships is helping prepare for this year’s Northallerton Christmas event.

Members of Northallerton’s Mens Shed - with help from some of the ladies who attend the ‘ladies day’ - are busy making toys for children to decorate at the town centre festive event on Sunday, December 11.

They are also busy making direction signs for the Northallerton Christmas 2022 event which is being organised by volunteers working alongside Northallerton Town Council.

The Christmas celebrations include live entertainment, a Santa’s grotto, donkey rides, an artisan market, craft fair, street food and festive drinks – as well as the regular Sunday Farmers Market.

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Dave Puttock one of the trustees from Mens Shed said: “It’s great to be involved in this community event – members are really enjoying making the children’s toys which we hope will give lots of joy to the little ones.

"It gives our members a real purpose and the chance to use some of their newfound skills.”

Mayor of Northallerton, Councillor Phil Eames added: "With just one month to go, it’s very exciting that members of our community are all working together.

"I'm looking forward to the 2022 event being better than ever and I hope as many families as possible will join the festivities.”

Northallerton Christmas takes place in the High Street from 11am to 6pm and the road will be closed to motorists.

The Farmers Market will be in the Applegarth Car Park and the craft fair in the Lower Town Hall.

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