Seven new Christmas lighting features will be unveiled on Thursday (29 November) at Ashington’s Christmas Lights Switch-On 2018.

The seven designs are from a now annual competition, organised by Ashington Town Council, with schools in the town.  Ashington schoolchildren have designed new lighting features for the past eight years and this year seven schools entered with a winning design from each school.

The seven lucky winners will join special guest, BBC Newcastle’s Alfie Joey, on Thursday to lead the countdown to the switch-on.  The winning designs will be placed around the Christmas Tree, on Station Road, and where the countdown will take place.

The seven 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.

Please note due to a severe weather warning the Switch-On has regrettably been scaled down. Please see link below.  Weather permitting there will still be music, children’s fairground rides, face painting, costumed characters and Santa's Grotto commencing at 4.00pm.  The switch-on will take place at approximately 5.30pm.

The event has been organised by Ashington Town Council with support from its partners including YMCA Northumberland, Northern Funfairs, Bad Apples North East, BBC Newcastle, Northumberland County Council and local schools.   

In the photograph is Jessica Read with her Mum and Grandma and the Civic Head Cllr. Marjorie Chambers (in her Christmas jumper!).