Christmas comes early to South Shields pub

Sue Wallace, landlady of The Stags Head, in South Shields.
Sue Wallace, landlady of The Stags Head, in South Shields.

A creative South Tyneside pub boss is already showing plenty of Christmas spirit – a few weeks early.

Sue Wallace, landlady of The Stags Head, in South Shields, is getting in the festive mood by mixing craft ales with craft gifts next week.

The Fowler Street watering-hole is hosting a Christmas Craft Fayre on Thursday, before doubling up with a second seasonal serving next Saturday.

Miss Wallace, who has been pulling pints behind the bar for the past six years, is taking advantage of her hands-on skills as a member of a church craft club.

A rich array of craft items carefully created by Sue and fellow members of the club at Castledown Methodist Church, in Sunderland, will be on sale. But those popping into the pub for a swift drink won’t be left out - as mulled wine will be on offer to wash down the yuletide treat of mince pies being laid on.

Miss Wallace said: “We will be selling crafts that we have made at the club, with the proceeds being used to fund more crafts next year.

“There will be a variety of goods on offer, including cards, candles and gift baskets.

“A lot of people get together at the craft club.

“There will be five stalls full of Christmas goods.

“We will be holding the fayre on Thursday and also on Saturday, when the Christmas Lights are being switched on.

“So people can come into town a bit early and check out the stalls and get in the Christmas mood.

Entry to the craft fayre is free, with all welcome to come along from 7.30pm until 11pm on Thursday and from 11am to 5pm on Saturday.