Eight new Christmas lighting features, designed by Ashington children, will be installed in the next few days as part of the towns Christmas lighting display. 

The designs are from an annual competition, organised by Ashington Town Council, with schools in the town. Ashington children have designed new lighting features for the past ten years and this year saw seven school’s entering the competition with eight winning designs developed into new lighting features. Over 1,000 entries were received by the Town Council and we thank all the schools and children who have taken part.

The winning designs will be placed around the town's Christmas Tree, on Station Road, and will be a permanent feature in the town at Christmas time.

The eight winners this year are;

  • Harry (Year 7 at Ashington Academy) with holly and the ivy.
  • Tayla (Year 7 at Ashington Academy) with a Christmas gingerbread man.
  • Ava (Year 3 at Bothal Primary School-Upper) with a Christmas angel.
  • Aahil (Year 2 at Bothal Primary School-Lower) with a Christmas tree.
  • Georgia-Mae (Year 1 at Ashington Central Primary School-Lower) with a rainbow bauble.
  • Olivia (Year 4 at Ashington Central Primary School-Upper) with a NHS present.
  • Lucy (Year 5 at the James Knott Campus) with Christmas candy canes.
  • Leo (Year 5 at the Josephine Butler Primary School) with a Christmas heart.

Each child will receive a certificate, a letter of congratulations from the Civic Head (Cllr. Lawrence Henderson) and a gift voucher. In the photograph is the winning design from Ava with all the winning designs in the document below.

The competition was featured on BBC Radio Newcastle this morning (17 November) with Mrs Mullen, Head of the James Knott Campus, interviewed by Breakfast Show host Alfie Joey. As part of the interview Alfie recalled coming to the town to lead the switch-on event in 2018.  

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions a decision has been taken to cancel this year’s switch-on event. The event is organised by local organisations working alongside Ashington Town Council and it was the view that as a large public event, social distancing and compliance with Covid-19 instruction could not be safely managed or guaranteed. We do hope however that the reasoning is understood and that it is recognised that the health, safety and welfare of everyone has to be our priority.

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