A TOWN council is hoping to bring the community together at its annual Christmas fair.

Ferryhill Town Council would like to invite residents to attend the town's annual Christmas fair on Friday, November 29, from 2pm.

A procession, involving children from primary schools, will leave St Luke’s Church at 4pm and will be led by donkeys who will head to the town hall gardens where carol singing will take place.

The council is inviting adults and children to take part in the procession and carol singing.

They have asked members of the community who wish to take part to meet at St. Luke’s Church at 3.45pm.

The official switch on of the town’s Christmas lights will follow at 4.30pm by a pupil from Cleves Cross Primary School, accompanied by the Deputy Town Mayor, Jacqueline Cansella.

The event will also include show rides and stalls in the market place car park, festive donkey rides in Chapel Terrace, Santa’s Grotto in the outbuilding at the side of the town hall, and a children’s craft competition, face painting and refreshments upstairs in the town hall.

The Methodist Church will also be open until 7pm encouraging residents to pop along and see the festival of trees, organised by ApproachToo – an initiative which aims to help youngsters develop the skills, of knowledge and motivation for participation.

For more information about the Christmas fair contact Karen Younghusband or Nikki Rees at Ferryhill Town Hall on 01740-652157 or email enquiries@ferryhill.gov.uk