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.
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.
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.