VIDEO: Christmas fun in Pleasley and New Houghton

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Hundreds of people came together to eat mince pies and drink mulled wine at a series of festive concerts, festivals and Christmas fayres around the district this month.

The team from St Michael’s Church, Pleasley, organised a four-day Christmas Tree festival which included concerts by the Pleasley Colliery Welfare Band and the Take Note choir.

The Christmas Tree Festival held in St Michael's Church in Pleasley

The Christmas Tree Festival held in St Michael's Church in Pleasley

The annual festival, which included a display of 47 trees decorated by people from the area, was also attended by schoolchildren from Anthony Bek primary.

Each class decorated its own mini-Christmas tree for use in the display.

Val Gamble, who helped to organise the festival, said the church looked ‘wonderful’.

She said: “It was lovely to see everybody in the Christmas spirit.

“It was such a nice and festive atmosphere and the trees look great.

“We will be keeping most of them up in the services at the church.”

The church also organised a Christmas fayre at the New Houghton Community Centre with food and gift stalls, which was well attended by people of all ages.