Seven new Christmas lighting features, designed by Ashington children, will be unveiled at Ashington’s Christmas Lights Switch-On on Thursday (28 November).

The designs are from a now annual competition, organised by Ashington Town Council, with schools in the town. Ashington children have designed new lighting features for the past nine years and this year’s competition saw six school’s entering with seven winning designs.

The seven lucky winners will join special guest, Father Christmas, to lead the countdown to the Switch-On, which will take place on Thursday 28 November, on the one way section of Station Road. The winning designs will be placed around the town's Christmas Tree and where the countdown will take place.

The seven winners are;

  • 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)

Cllr. Marjorie Chambers, who was a judge on the panel that decided the winning entries, said ‘The standard improves year-on-year and this year we had 500 entries from schools across the town. We are delighted that the children who won the competition will come and join us for the countdown to the Switch-On’.

The 2019 Switch-On will feature a Christmas Market, fairground rides, live music (including local school choirs), food and kids face painting. Northumbria Police and Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service vehicles will also be at the event. Father Christmas will also provide a Grotto next to the Christmas Tree before leading the countdown. 

Activities will commence at 1.00pm with the Switch-On taking place at approximately 5.15pm. 

Please note that the event and some activities are dependent on weather conditions with public safety of paramount importance. Additionally, the one-way section of Station Road will be closed from 9.00am till 9.00pm on the day to allow activities to take place safely.

The event is organised by local organisations working alongside Ashington Town Council including; YMCA Northumberland, Northern Funfairs, Northumberland County Council, Ashington Women’s Institute, Northumbrian Water, Wilkinsons and schools from across the town. 

In the photograph above; Dylen with his winning design, with Dad and Grandma, and Cllr. Matthew Cuthbert (Leader of the Town Council) and Cllr. Marjorie Chambers (competition judge).

In the photographs below;

  • Ella, at James Knott Campus, with Cllr. Lawrence Henderson (Civic Head of Ashington) and CSO Lisa Waugh (Leader of Ashington Mini Police who are supporting the Switch-On event).
  • Grace, at Bothal Primary School - Upper Site, with Cllr. Avril Chisholm (competition judge) and parents.

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