There is a fright at a museum the place bosses are getting accused of cancelling Xmas.
The annual Xmas sector at Bowes Museum is now known as a Winter Market.
But critics strike out at the move by the museum — founded by ancestors of the late Queen Mom.
BBC antiques pro David Harper, who life nearby in Barnard Castle, Co Durham, claimed the decision was “bonkers beyond comprehension”.
Mr Harper, 56, who has appeared on Cut price Hunt, Antiques Street Journey and Cash in the Attic, is calling for a U-change.
He told The Sun: “They are deleting Christmas from a Xmas current market in the hope it will attract a lot more people.
“What’s subsequent? Are we heading to cancel Santa, the reindeer, small children wearing Christmas hats?
“Essentially, all you are going to be remaining with is a Wednesday sector.
“This will not end till we stop it.
“We want to nip this in the bud, just take regulate and be a bit braver.
“They are taking the joy out of Christmas.
“Oliver Cromwell tried using to do that in the 1640s by rejecting Xmas.
“This is as close as we have been in the previous 350 decades to that Cromwellian idea.”
The museum was established up in 1892 by John and Josephine Bowes, ancestors of the Queen Mum.
She was its patron from 1962 until finally her dying in 2002.
Mr Harper additional: “I can only imagine what the Queen Mom would have assumed about this.
“The founders ended up passionate about the spot, art and tradition.
“They are buried about 100ft from the museum and are spinning in their graves.
“It’s bonkers beyond comprehension.”
Director Hannah Fox explained: “The Bowes Museum has not cancelled Christmas.
“We have a extremely well-liked seasonal programme of functions of which the marketplace is the centrepiece.
“It’s incredible and all people is welcome, having said that they rejoice about the festive season.”