Shiel is transformed for Spittal festivities
Santa welcomed more than 200 visitors to a Christmas event in the former fishing shiel on Sandstell Road last weekend.
The event was organised by Spittal Improvement Trust with help from local residents Natalie Todd and Tania Arnold, who hope to restore the historic 18th century property.
It was the second time the event has been staged.
Tania said: “This weekend proved to be popular once again, with many people bracing the sub zero temperatures to support us.
“On the Sunday, a cross country race was being held, starting on Spittal prom, so we were able to provide a much-needed refuge from the elements for some hardy half-frozen runners who welcomed our provisions of home made soup, hot drinks and a chance to warm themselves by the open fire.
“Santa welcomed more than 200 visitors both young and not so young, including residents of Garden House in Spittal, who also kindly featured in the musical advent calendar we ran on Facebook, into his grotto with the help of his trusty elves to ensure everything ran smoothly and the festive café proved to be popular, selling lots of homemade goodies.
“The snow even made an appearance on Sunday to enhance the magical Christmas experience we hoped we had created inside.”
All proceeds raised from the weekend will go towards the shiel restoration project, in the hope that one day the building can become a permanent feature in the community as a café and traditional bunkhouse accommodation.