Ashington’s Christmas Lights Switch-On took place on Thursday (29 November) on Station Road.

Due to an extreme weather warning of high winds and rain, from the Met Office, the event was regrettably scaled down with the Christmas Market not taking place as advertised.  

However, despite the best efforts of the weather, activities took place from 4.00pm and included a musical performance from swing singer Paul Skerritt, children’s fairground rides, face painting and a visit from Elsa and Anna & Marshall from Paw Patrol. Father Christmas also kept his promise to visit Ashington as part of his very busy Christmas schedule!  

As part of the switch-on seven new Christmas lighting features were unveiled this year. The seven designs were from local schoolchildren in a now annual competition, organised by Ashington Town Council, with schools in the town.  Ashington schoolchildren have now designed new lighting features for the past eight years and this year seven schools entered with a winning design from each school.

The special guest this year was BBC personality and popular breakfast show host Alfie Joey. We were delighted Alfie could come along and the seven lucky winners joined him for the official countdown to the switch-on.  

The winning designs have been placed around the Christmas Tree and the winners are; Summer Barnes from the Ashington Academy, Jessica Read from Bothal Primary (Upper), Ella Nicholson from Bothal Primary (Lower), Caitlin Ramm from Josephine Butler Primary, Aaron Roper from Central Primary (Lower), Maci-Lynn Curran from Central Primary (Upper) and Demi Leigh Stemp from Thomas Bewick Campus.  Well done to all!

Ashington Town Council would like to thank everyone who supported the event. We would also like to thank our partners; YMCA Northumberland, Northern Funfairs, BBC Newcastle, Northumberland County Council, Bad Apples North East and schools from the town for their support.   

Ashington Town Council apologise for any inconvenience in rearranging the event, due to the severe weather conditions, and shares the disappointment that residents will feel.  However, public safety is of paramount importance at all times and in particular for outdoor events.