A Haltwhistle family-run craft fair is to go ahead for its 33rd anniversary.

Organiser, Ian Brown created the event more than 33 years ago and every year he can enjoy running it with his family.

Although the event took a break because of Covid, the family are planning to make up for the years of absences.

Ian, originally from Kent and moved to Haltwhistle to become a deputy head at South Tynedale Middle School in Haltwhistle.

He left in 2007 and since then has worked as a music teacher across Tynedale and set up a small film company with his son called ‘Flashlight Films’. He also performs as a musician and normally plays at festivals across the country.

Speaking about previous events, he said: “It was always a big event for the community. It is great to organise the event again like last year, as it was out of the question because of Covid.

“I’m hoping that because of the lockdown that many people will."

The craft fair will be on November 6 from 10am until 4pm at Masonic Hall in Haltwhistle.

As the event approaches, Ian and his family are putting together the final touches to make it safe for those who are concerned about Covid.

He said: “Now that we are running again, we have put extra precautions in to make sure everyone is safe. It is important to make everyone feel safe.

“My eldest son is a safety officer and has helped us put together a Covid safety plan for the event. It involves a one-way system and for all stalls to have a hand gel.

“We also advise everyone to wear a mask and if anyone has forgotten it, there will be plenty spare on the day.”

Ian adds:”We have 24 stalls, including a raffle from the girl guides and RSPB.

“It is a great day out and anyone attending should make a day of it.

"There will be stalls such as soaps, jewellery, candles and much more. 

There is not many car parking spaces so we ask those who are attending to park at the Old Market carpark.”