Blyth switches on its Christmas lights

Santa and Mrs Claus at Blyth. Picture by Keith Newman
Santa and Mrs Claus at Blyth. Picture by Keith Newman

Thousands of people braved the cold to see Blyth light up for Christmas.

About 3,000 folk gathered for the switch-on of the Christmas lights yesterday, with special guests Union J and, of course, Santa and his missus.

Union J thrilled the crowds. Picture by Keith Newman

Union J thrilled the crowds. Picture by Keith Newman

Blyth Town Council laid on a Christmas-themed day, with Christmas and teenage markets, street theatre and Northumbria Police mini cops.

There was music from X-Factor finalists Union J and choirs from local schools.

Blyth-based Headway Arts made lanterns with the six town schools in the run-up to the event and joined the choir and schools on stage.

Singing along. Picture by Keith Newman

Singing along. Picture by Keith Newman

In fine voice at Blyth. Picture by Keith Newman

In fine voice at Blyth. Picture by Keith Newman

A couple of crackers! Picture by Keith Newman

A couple of crackers! Picture by Keith Newman

Union J at Blyth. Picture by Keith Newman

Union J at Blyth. Picture by Keith Newman