Christmas lights switch on draws in the crowds

The cast from Beauty and the Beast help switch on the Christmas lights at Manor Walks, Cramlington.
The cast from Beauty and the Beast help switch on the Christmas lights at Manor Walks, Cramlington.
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Hundreds of people got into the festive spirit as Christmas lights were switched on in Cramlington.

Packed crowds gathered in Manor Walks shopping centre on Saturday to see the lights turned on.

The Christmas lights at Manor Walks, Cramlington.

The Christmas lights at Manor Walks, Cramlington.

A host of activities took place throughout the day in the lead-up to the event.

Cast from the town’s community pantomime Beauty and the Beast were joined in the South Mall by other invited guests for the switch-on.

The pantomime – with shows every day from Wednesday, January 25 through to two shows on Saturday, January 28 – is performed by amateur dramatic enthusiasts ranging from the age of 10 to 60, known as BATS (Blagdon Amateur Thespian Society).

Tony Livesy, producer and director of the show, said: “It was fantastic to be a part of the Christmas lights switch on, the team were all delighted to be singing carols to get everyone in the festive spirit.

“We’re sure everyone enjoyed the festivities and hope to see plenty of faces at the pantomime in January!”

The pantomime, which Mr Livesy has directed for 35 years, donates all proceeds to local charities, often helping smaller causes and individuals and raising over £1,000 each year.

Tickets cost £5.50 for adults and £4.50 for children and concessions and can be obtained from society members or by calling 01670 731633.

l Santa will be at his grotto at Manor Walks on Saturday, December 3; Sunday, December 4; December 10 and 11; and December 17 to 22, all from 10am to 3pm.