Founder of Haltwhistle craft fair hails the first event back after Covid a success.

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

The event was on Saturday 6 November and was the first time the event was held since the Covid outbreak.

Speaking about the day, Mr Brown said: "We had 240 adults through the door and a lot of accompanied children. It was great to see most people choosing to take our advisory COVID safety measures seriously and also to take advantage of free masks at the door if they had forgotten.

"The weather got progressively worse throughout the day so naturally the morning was busier than the afternoon but it was one of the best fairs that we have had and the atmosphere was really good.

"It was good to see lots of new faces as well as friends from near and further afield."

John also adds: "Having an event like this operated in a safe way was welcomed by so many people as a return to some sort of normality."

Crowds were also able to participate in a raffle to win prizes.

John said: "The raffle raised almost £240 for Haltwhistle Girl Guiding, which is the most that they have raised at this event. As well as their main raffle the children's raffle was well received with each child receiving a tube of bubbles when they bought tickets."