THE South Shields Christmas Fair, due to take place in the town centre this weekend, has had to be moved indoors.
The festive event was scheduled to run tomorrow afternoon, Saturday and Sunday in a marquee in South Shields Market Square.
However, due to significant damage to the marquee as a result of gale force winds, the event will now run on Saturday and Sunday only.
And it has been switched to the new Haven Point swimming centre at Pier Parade.
Other Christmas Wonderland events taking place tomorrow will go ahead as planned.
This includes a lantern-lit procession through the town centre and a lights switch-on in St Hilda’s Church, from 4pm to 5pm.
It is hoped that a special showing of the Christmas film, the Polar Express, scheduled to take place on Sunday on a screen in the Market Square, will also be relocated to Haven Point.
The Christmas Fair has been organised by South Tyneside Council in partnership with Groundwork South Tyneside, and will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
Deputy council leader Coun Alan Kerr said: “We are disappointed that we are unable to hold our Christmas Fair in the Market Place as originally planned. This is because of wind damage to the marquee.
“However, we are determined the event will still go ahead. It is one of the highlights of the Christmas Wonderland events programme and will still have an eclectic mix of companies involved.
“There will be a great variety of suppliers selling everything from gourmet goodies to high-quality gifts, handmade jewellery and accessories, crafts, decorations and much more.
“With so much on offer, I’m sure visitors will find plenty of great gift ideas as well as a few seasonal treats for themselves that they may not normally be able to get hold of in the town centre.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone there.”