PREPARATIONS have already begun for a town’s well established, annual art and craft fair.

Haltwhistle Art and Craft fair will take place on Saturday, November 6 in the Masonic Hall, on Banks Terrace, between 10am and 4pm. It will be the 33rd event of its kind.

Last year’s fair, alike most large scale events, was cancelled due to the coronavirus, but this year, organisers are hoping to attract good numbers and have assured visitors safety measures will be implemented.

Visitors to the fair will be advised to wear face masks if they are able to do so, there will be sanitizing gel at the door, a one-way system will be in place throughout the hall and stallholders will be advised to wear a mask or a see through visor when talking to customers. They will also be advised to have sanitizing gel at their stall.

The popular fair has long attracted a varied range of different crafts - both local to the area and from across the region.

Organisers say the fair is arranged at a time when people are beginning to think about a normal Christmas again and the variety and quality is such that there is likely to be something special for almost everyone.

The event is normally fully subscribed and bookings for stalls are already open. Any new exhibitors interested should contact Ian Brown on (01434) 321016 or as soon as possible.