Ashington’s Christmas Lights Switch-On took place today (28 November) on Station Road.
Despite the best efforts of the weather, activities took place from 1.00pm and included a Christmas market and a number of musical performances. Music was provided by the excellent Steel by the Sea and choirs from Northumberland Church of England Academy (Josephine Butler) and Bothal Primary School. Father Christmas also kept his promise to visit Ashington as part of his busy Christmas schedule much to the delight of the children.
Northumbria Police and Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service came along with their vehicles and Ashington’s Mini Police Force, from the James Knott Campus, also came along to support the event. The Mini Police also handed out Purse Bells to elderly males and females to help prevent thefts during the festive period.
Before the switch-on the crowd enjoyed music by local band Dead Man’s Shoes and talented Ashington singer Claire Drysedale ended the entertainment, by this time, in the heavy rain.
As part of the switch-on seven new Christmas lighting features were unveiled on Station Road. The designs were from local schoolchildren from a now annual competition, organised by Ashington Town Council, with local schools. Ashington schoolchildren have designed new lighting features over the past nine years and are displayed on Laburnum Terrace, Woodhorn Road and Station Road.
The seven lucky winners (Amy Louise Collie (Ashington Academy), Grace Johnson (Bothal Primary School – Upper Site), Dylen Jones (Bothal Primary School – Upper Site), Isla Richardson (Bothal Primary School – Lower Site), Lacie-May Laidler, (Ashington Central Primary School – Lower Site), Ava Cairns (Ashington Central Primary School – Upper Site), Ella Blair (The James Knott Campus)) joined Father Christmas to lead the countdown to the switch-on.
Ashington Town Council would like to thank everyone who supported the event despite the weather. We would also like to thank our partners; YMCA Northumberland, Northern Funfairs, Ashington Women’s Institute, Northumberland County Council, Northumbrian Water, Wilkinsons and schools from the town for their valued support.
In the photograph is Dead Man’s Shoes performing before the switch-on.