Town prepares for Christmas lights switch-on

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A paralympic hero will be bringing a touch of Christmas cheer to Cramlington today (Thursday).

Gold medal hero Stephen Miller and special guests from the Newcastle Falcons will be switching on the town’s Christmas lights.

The event will begin at Town Square outside Concordia Leisure Centre at 4pm. Celebrations will then move into Manor Walks Shopping & Leisure for the centre’s official switch on at 5pm in centre mall.

There will also be a chance to meet Santa and his live reindeers at their stables in Sainsbury’s car park.

A Woodhorn lantern parade will take place with choirs from Eastlea Primary School and St Paul’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided First School.

Northburn Primary School’s Steel Pan Band will be performing and shoppers will have the chance to meet characters from the upcoming performance of Aladdin by the Blagdon Amateur Thespian Society.

Manor Walks’ general manager, Bruno Coppola said: “This year we have another fantastic range of events at Manor Walks Shopping & Leisure to entertain and reward our shoppers who have shown great loyalty throughout the year.

“We’re very excited to share the annual Christmas Light Switch On celebrations with Cramlington Town Council and we look forward to another great turnout this year. The festive spirit will continue throughout December with our Christmas programme of events.”