CROWDS returned in their numbers to the Prudhoe People's Treat.

Just as they have for over a century, hundreds attended the annual event over the course of three days.

But owing to covid restrictions, the usual broth, turkey and ham salad, and buffet was off the menu at the scaled-down event.

Guests were instead treated to a welcome drink and afternoon tea - a change hailed a success by both organisers and attendees.

The event has been a staple in the town’s history since 1906 and had only ever been cancelled during the First and Second World Wars until the coronavirus pandemic.

Festivities began at 3.15pm and continued until around 7.30pm with live entertainment from Take This and raffles.

The treat is organised by a team of dedicated volunteers, headed by Lynn Ivison, who work all year round to put on the popular event, free to any Prudhoe resident over 60-years-old.

Prudhoe Social Club hosted the event free of charge and this year, it was supported by local businesses Essity, Threadgolds and Greggs.

Lynn, who has been involved in the treat's running for over 20 years, was delighted to see people out again enjoying themselves - for many it was the first time they had socialised since lockdown.

She estimated that over the course of the three days, over 200 people had met to begin their Christmas celebrations in table 'bubbles'.