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Celebrating our community in Darlington

Date published: 18 December 2023

Read time: 2 minutes

A group of men holding drums during the Darlington Diwali parade.

Our Darlington branch team have been buzzing with activity as they supported the town with fun community celebrations.

Over the last few weeks, our Darlington branch team have been supporting Darlington Borough Council with a series of community events to help celebrate the town’s high street and independent businesses.

Throughout the celebrations, residents and visitors enjoyed a range of family friendly events, including a troll trail, Halloween trail, face painting, and even got the chance to pick up a specially designed reusable mug and hot drinks voucher from our branch, which they could use at one of Darlington’s many independent coffee shops and cafes.

A group of people stood outside of a Newcastle Building Society branch at night, holding Diwali lanterns and reusable coffee cups.

We kicked off the holiday season with bright lights and colours as we powered the Diwali lantern parade and welcomed hundreds of visitors to the town centre for the Christmas lights switch on.

A group of Newcastle Building Society colleagues posing with reusable coffee mugs inside their branch and surrounded by them as well.

Our wonderful Darlington branch team were on hand to treat visitors to snacks and hot drinks in our specially designed reusable mug.

A castle ice sculpture outside of a Newcastle Building Society branch.

Our branch was also home to its very own ice castle during the Darlington Ice Sculpture Trail.

A little girl smiling up at a woman who is doing her face paint.

Although the festivities might have started to wind down in December, they started much earlier! Earlier in the year we supported the Troll trail, which included a glitter face painting station in our branch.

A group of building society staff posing with Jack and Sally, from the film 'Nightmare Before Christmas', and surrounded by Halloween decorations.

We also joined in the spooktacular Halloween trail at the end of October and had a scarily delightful visit from Jack and Sally, from the film ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’.

Michael Conville, chief customer officer at Newcastle Building Society, said: “There’s always something interesting happening in Darlington and all the different events helped celebrate all the fantastic independent businesses and create a real buzz in the town. At Newcastle Building Society we’re absolutely committed to supporting our high streets and communities, and we’re making big investments into our branches across the north east, including right here in Darlington with our new community room which will be a great asset and space for local people."

We can’t wait to see what other community events our branch teams get stuck into in the new year.

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