A TOTAL of 45 stallholders have signed up for an annual Christmas fair held in the Hexham Abbey.

The event, hosted by CH Events, will see a variety of goods on offer from across the district between 11am and 3pm on Saturday, November 16.

The fair will double up as a fund-raiser for the Tiny Lives Trust, based at the neonatal unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. Money raised at the event will be used to producing blessing bags full of goods for babies and children using the service.

The fair will be the first of three Christmas fairs run by CH Events throughout November as part of business owner’s Cheryl Hutchinson’s charity month.

It will be followed by an event at Hexham Mart between 11am and 4pm on November 24 and then at Wylam Institute between 11am and 4pm on November 30.

A further fair will be held in Merton Hall, in Ponteland, on December 8.