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Monday, 25 May 2015

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Hexham: Town gears up to host Children in Need

A STAGE and a big screen mounted on the side of a truck could be making their way to Hexham Market Place after the town was chosen to host the North-East live television broadcast of the Children in Need appeal.

Local schools are being contacted to form a children’s choir, while stalls and a fun fair are all planned for Beaumont Street to entertain the 10,000 people it’s estimated will attend the event on November 15.

“Things will get under way on the Friday afternoon and finish at about 10.15pm,” said Hexham Town Council clerk, Derick Tiffin, who is a member of the town’s co-ordinating committee, along with local businessmen Alex Waters, Martin Owen and Tony Bradley.

“We’ll be asking shops to stay open and Hexham Community Partnership will be helping to organise stalls selling hot and cold food,” Mr Tiffin told the latest meeting of Hexham Town Council.

The event will form part of a special “Countdown to Christmas” campaign in Hexham, geared to attracting shoppers and visitors in the lead up to December 25.

Deputy Mayor, Coun. Trevor Cessford, said: “The Children in Need appeal will benefit the town by bringing people into Hexham.

“It’s a great idea to harness that captive audience and, hopefully, take the interest through to Christmas.”

Mr Tiffin added: “We’ve known about this since January, but were under strict instructions not to discuss it.”

Coun. Cath Homer said: “I think there needs to be a clear line of communication between the co-ordinating committee and the town council.

“We need to consider everything from where people are going to park to how long the lights are going to stay on.”

It was agreed that a working group of town councillors be formed to assist the committee.