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Enjoy a seasonal shop at the Stokie Christmas market

23/11/2017

Santa with Kelvin Chell
Santa with Kelvin Chell

The popular Stokie Christmas Market is set to return to Hanley Community Fire Station on Sunday, December 3.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming festive shoppers to the community fire station at Hanley on December 3. We’ve got a wide range of stalls signed up to the market, selling various festive treats that will make ideal Christmas gifts for friends and family – there will be something for all ages and tastes."

Kelvin Chell, Fire Safety Inspecting Officer, who is involved in organising the event

There will be plenty to get shoppers in the festive mood with up to 80 stalls selling Christmas crafts and perfect presents from 10am-3pm.

A range of traditional ‘Stokie’ snacks will be available including lobby with crusty bread, filled oatcakes, along with jacket potatoes and mince pies.

Penkhull Brass Band and musician Tom Caaffe will set the scene with festive tunes for the fundraiser’s fourth event and it is hoped it will top the success of previous years by raising even more money for charity.

Santa will arrive by fire engine at midday and be in his grotto to see younger visitors and present them with a festive gift.

Kelvin Chell, Fire Safety Inspecting Officer, who is involved in organising the event, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming festive shoppers to the community fire station at Hanley on December 3. We’ve got a wide range of stalls signed up to the market, selling various festive treats that will make ideal Christmas gifts for friends and family – there will be something for all ages and tastes.

“As well as Santa we’re also expecting a special visit from the SOT City of Culture bid’s giant duck which is being used to promote the City’s bid and mark the Stokie saying “ayup duk”!

“On a more serious note we’re hoping to once again raise lots of cash for two important causes, the Firefighters Charity and the Leukaemia wards within the Cancer Centre at the Royal Stoke Hospital. We’ve chosen the second charity as we currently have two women firefighters from Hanley who are receiving treatment on the wards.

“The funds will be used to buy various entertainment items for the rooms where the patients receive their treatment so they can occupy their time to make it a slightly easier experience.”