Festive craft fair to take place at trouble-hit Pullman Lodge

Helen and Bob Irvine, of Quintet Promotions
Helen and Bob Irvine, of Quintet Promotions
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A FESTIVE craft fair which was cancelled because of a clash with another event will now go ahead at an alternative venue just yards away.

The Echo reported back in October that bosses at Quintet Promotions were unhappy with Sunderland City Council, after they were told that they could no longer hold the fair at the Seaburn Centre, which was due to take place this Sunday.

The seafront location was double-booked with the Peregrine Print Rally, and council bosses said they reserve the right to cancel booked events in such situations.

However, Quintet’s Helen Irvine has managed to strike a deal with trouble-hit Pullman Lodge, which is next door to the Seaburn Centre, and the site will host the fair this weekend.

Administrator Begbies Traynor have been working with bosses at the Pullman, which is owned by the city council, after it fell into financial difficulty.

“We were disappointed when we were told we couldn’t host the event at the Seaburn Centre,” said Mrs Irvine.

“But it’s ironic the way that things have turned out.

“A lot of people, and a few stall holders who are coming along at the weekend, seemed to think that the Pullman is shut.

“However, it isn’t, and we’re hoping for a good turnout on Sunday. We’ve put some banners up outside to let people passing on the seafront know it’s taking place, and that should draw people in.”

Mrs Irvine, who runs the business with husband Bob, added she hopes the move will help to keep the Pullman going.

The venue recently closed its Platform 5 bar and carriages tearooms, citing “maintenance and an electrical fault”.

“Hopefully it will work out as a good arrangement for us,” said Mrs Irvine.

“There’ll be Christmas crafts, cards and collectables on sale and local glass makers and wood turners are coming along as well.”

The fair takes place from 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday.