How you can get free shuttle bus to South Shields' Christmas market
Volunteers have organised a free shuttle bus for the community when the Christmas market is held in South Shields next month.
In the true spirit of Christmas, Cancer Research UK fundraisers the Lavender Lasses have arranged for a free shuttle bus to take shoppers to the event on Saturday, December 7.
The one-off outdoor Christmas market is being held as part of a campaign, led by local businesswoman Carol Gibson, to rejuvenate the town’s weekly market.
Due to popular demand Carol, with help from business owner Josh Trueman and market manager David Amess, has organised a festive event with a variety of new stalls and free entertainment, including performances from South Shields star Amelia Saleh, singer Lilly Cooke, a brass band and a chance to visit Santa’s grotto.
The minibus, which has been generously donated by local businesses, Richmond Taxis, will run from Stand R in the transport interchange in the town centre to Market Place from 10am-4pm and the Lavender Lasses will be on hand to help people on and off.
The former bus stops at Market Place and outside St Hilda’s Church were removed when a new bus route was enforced as part of the opening of the transport interchange in July.
“I was aware that many people were unhappy that there is no longer a bus stop at the Market Place so I contacted Carol with my idea and she loved it,” said Lavender Lass, Hilary Jago.
“We're looking forward to being involved in what we hope will be a great day for South Shields Market and all concerned.”
Since January 2017, the Lavender Lasses have raised £30,000 for Cancer Research UK.
They will be collecting donations for the charity on the bus throughout the day.
Steven Pippin, marketing manager for Richmond Taxis said: “We’re delighted to be part of an initiative which is helping bring that community feel back and will hopefully increase footfall in the Market Place. It’s also a great opportunity to support the Lavender Lasses and the fantastic work that they do fundraising for Cancer Research UK.”