Lights fantastic in Alnwick

The Duchess of Northumberland with members of Alnwick Christmas Lights committee and (left) Richard and Lorna Thornton who donated �500 from NFU Mutual Insurance Society. Picture Jane Coltman
The Duchess of Northumberland with members of Alnwick Christmas Lights committee and (left) Richard and Lorna Thornton who donated �500 from NFU Mutual Insurance Society. Picture Jane Coltman

The volunteers who bring some Christmas sparkle to Alnwick every year have had their hard work recognised.

Members of Alnwick Christmas Lights Committee were invited by the Duchess of Northumberland to a reception at Alnwick Castle.

The Duchess said: “The lighting volunteers work for months indoors making repairs to the displays and then go out in rain and cold to erect the lights, day after day and night after night for weeks on end. They give up a huge amount of their time and also have to raise £14,000 annually to install and power the displays which give so many people in our small community so much pleasure.”

She said Hardy’s had pledged a donation which will make a significant difference to this year’s campaign.

Attendees included Graeme and Michelle Warren, from Warren Access, who have supported the team for many years by providing use of their cherry pickers at a very low cost. They were joined by Richard Thornton, north region advisory board chairman for NFU Mutual, who was there to present a cheque for £500 towards the appeal.

Committee chairman Coun Gordon Castle said; “Alnwick Christmas Lights Committee is enormously grateful to the Duchess of Northumberland for her immense personal dedication to our cause and the work that she has put in for us.”