Museum’s Christmas market is a cell-out!

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Peterhead Prison Museum will host an indoor Christmas market next month.

Museum trustees put out feelers on social media asking whether there would be local support for such an event, and they were inundated with positive comments.

Facilities development co-ordinator, Alex Geddes, said that the jail boasted a large hall which they felt would be ideal to host such an event, which is not weather dependent, and so grew the idea from there.

“We tested out the waters on social media and we had a fantastic response from both stall holders and those wishing to visit,” said Alex.

“We then took it to the next step and asked if any stallholders would be interested in coming along on a first come, first served basis.

“We estimated there would be space for around 42 stalls and we had 88 initial requests with early demand confirming we would have to offer spaces on a first come basis.

“Those coming along are from throughout the Aberdeenshire area and we’re hoping to offer something different in the run-up to Christmas. We understand there will be some disappointed folk who haven’t been successful in securing a space, that said, if the market is deemed a success then this will become a permanent fixture on the events calendar for the Admiralty Gateway.”

The market will be held on Sunday, November 13, from 10am to 4pm in A&D halls and a tw0-minute silence at 11am for Remembrance Sunday will be observed. Outside there will be catering vans with a range of hot and coldfoods on sale. Red Brick Theatre has confirmed that it will be heading along to perform Christmas carols on the day and all the stallholders will be encouraged to follow and display a Christmas theme.

“There are sure to be plenty of ideas for gifts and stocking-fillers and we are hopeful that Santa will make a flying visit,” said Mr Geddes.

Meanwhile, Hallowe’en weekend ghost tours of the jail sold out in less than 24 hours. The spooky sessions will run over the weekend beginning October 28.