Community enjoys lights switch-on

Crowds gathered at a county community centre to watch a Christmas Lights switch on.

Seghill villagers were treated to live music from the North Tyneside Steel Band, hot roast chestnuts, carol singing and a visit from a reindeer as part of their switch on event.

The event was one of five held around Seaton Valley to mark the beginning of Christmas celebrations.

Coun Darren Mullen said: “This is the second year that the council has hosted Christmas events in each of the valley’s five villages.

“They are great events that bring the community together. The Christmas Lights design competition has been a resounding success giving our young designers the opportunity to see their work literally lit up for all to see.”

Christmas light competition winner Zoe Best received her prize and certificate from Seaton Valley Council chairman Darren Mullen.

Her design of a star, together with a Christmas present design by fellow winner Daniel Smith, were made up into Christmas lights which will illuminate the village for years to come.

The final event will take place outside St Paul’s Church, Seaton Sluice, on Saturday, December 5, starting at 4pm. All are welcome to attend.