Nominations wanted to switch on festive lights

'Light up Bedlington' is an opportunity for Bedlington to celebrate the beginning of Christmas in style.
'Light up Bedlington' is an opportunity for Bedlington to celebrate the beginning of Christmas in style.

A Northumberland town is making plans for one of its most ambitious Christmas celebrations ever.

‘Light up Bedlington’ week, from Thursday, November 20, to Thursday, November 27, is being organised by local charity Leading Link, working alongside West Bedlington Town Council.

Schools, businesses, community groups and residents are being invited to get involved in the pilot project, which will see an extensive programme of festive activities designed at increasing footfall in the town in the lead up to the holidays.

Plans include turning a number of unused retail outlets into ‘pop-up shops’ for the week.

There will also be Christmas markets, an acoustic ‘live lounge’ and community workshops.

Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “We are a small charity which believes in big projects, and this is probably one of our most ambitious yet.

“Light up Bedlington week is a fantastic opportunity to showcase everything that the town has to offer.”

The week will culminate with the official switching on of the Bedlington Christmas lights, on Wednesday, November 26, which will take place from 4pm to 6pm.

On the night there will be live entertainment, children’s fun fair rides, a local enterprise market, hot food and drink and a chance to visit Santa’s Grotto.

As well as all of this, Leading Link are once again giving local residents in the town the opportunity to decide who gets to switch on the festive lights.

To nominate a group to switch on the lights, visit www.leadinglink.co.uk/xmas or call (01670) 820088.