The festive show must go on

Ten-year-old Charlie Crichton-Rutter takes a look at one of the cribs. Picture by Mary Scott
Ten-year-old Charlie Crichton-Rutter takes a look at one of the cribs. Picture by Mary Scott

Organisers of Rothbury’s first Christmas Festival were determined the show must go on, despite the best efforts of Storm Desmond at the weekend.

Although the skating rink was cancelled due to a flood in the village’s riverside car park, festival organisers vowed that everything else would go ahead.

Gail Greenwood introduces youngsters to one of the owls flying to Santa with letters. Picture by Mary Scott

Gail Greenwood introduces youngsters to one of the owls flying to Santa with letters. Picture by Mary Scott

Village businesses valiantly opened up as venues.

Sarah Bertram, owner of the Newcastle House Hotel, said: “We were delighted to offer Hepple Gin a home in Saturday’s gales and indeed to share a tent with them on Sunday, which was a much nicer day.”

Children wanting to get their letters to Santa by Owl Post found a haven in the Turk’s Head. Landlady Debbie Noble said: “It was lovely to see the children enjoying stroking and talking to the owls. The Falconry Days staff were just brilliant at getting the kids involved with the birds. My own boys haven’t stopped talking about it.”

Crafters, artists, artisan food producers, street food traders, charities and local organisations relocated to churches and art galleries where many had record-breaking days.

Musicians playing outside the United Reformed Church. Picture by Mary Scott

Musicians playing outside the United Reformed Church. Picture by Mary Scott

Musical performances carried on as planned and the weather so improved on Sunday that the open mic event in the village centre took place alongside the children’s fair rides.

Locals and visitors commented on how the festival adapted to meet the challenging conditions to ensure that everyone had a really good time.

Youngsters by the cribs. Picture by Mary Scott

Youngsters by the cribs. Picture by Mary Scott

Knitted figures in the knitivity crib by Armstrong Hall, Thropton. Picture by Mary Scott

Knitted figures in the knitivity crib by Armstrong Hall, Thropton. Picture by Mary Scott

Coquet Singers at the altar. Picture by Mary Scott

Coquet Singers at the altar. Picture by Mary Scott