WATCH: Vicar says use Christmas love to combat the evil of terrorism

The joy of Christmas arrived in Warkworth this evening as the local vicar told villagers they should show extra love and compassion to help beat the evil of terrorists, almost a week after the tragic events in Paris.

Rev Mike Dent gave a short address at the switch-on of Warkworth Christmas Lights.

County councillor Jeff Watson, Rev Mike Dent and Prof John Holborough at Warkworth Christmas Lights switch-on. Picture by Jane Coltman

County councillor Jeff Watson, Rev Mike Dent and Prof John Holborough at Warkworth Christmas Lights switch-on. Picture by Jane Coltman

He said: “Thank you all for turning out this evening on such a very miserable evening, wet and cold.

“But actually, it is the start of something very special.

“As you all know, we traditionally say that Christmas is the season of good will towards all people and, in the light of the catastrophe and tragedy that happened in Paris only a week ago, there is every need in the world for extra love, care and compassion one to another and so if we can remain in a state of love and affection for one another, then we go some way to diluting the evil that ISIS has shown in the world just lately.”

Carols were sung by Warkworth Village Choir and members of Warkworth in Bloom marked the countdown to the lights being switched on. Then, amazingly, it snowed (well, sort of)!​

Topsy Turvey staff handed out tasty treats. Picture by Jane Coltman

Topsy Turvey staff handed out tasty treats. Picture by Jane Coltman

Father Christmas called in, with a bit of help from the Rotary Club of Warkworth and Amble.

Watch our video of the switch-on of the lights. Video by Jane Coltman.

Pictures in Thursday’s Gazette