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I WRITE on behalf of the Bamburgh Christmas Lights Committee to thank the many volunteers who have done so much throughout the year to ensure another fabulous display of Christmas lights in the Grove.

A large number of the lights required replacing this year and it is due to the local fund-raising and hard work of these volunteers that has ensured another successful event on Saturday, November 26.

The evening started with the skilful display from the St Aidan’s bell ringers and a note of special thanks goes to the orchestra of St Mary’s Church of England Middle School, Belford, who performed beautifully in St Aidan’s Church to support the service by The Reverend Brian Hurst.

Thanks also to William Armstrong, representing Bamburgh Castle Estates, along with Isla, Meg and Rory Morton in switching on the Christmas lights. It is with the continued support for the use of the Grove by Francis Armstrong and the Bamburgh Castle Estates that we are able to provide this display.

The support of the local traders was appreciated, and it’s a pleasure to thank R Carter and Sons, Wyding Well, and Clarks greengrocers for allowing the use of their utilities and staying open late.

Additional thanks go to The Victoria, Castle Hotel and Mizen Head Hotel for their support on the evening.

We are always looking for volunteers to support the Bamburgh Fairs in June and August 2012, and in maintaining the lights display, so if you would like to help, please contact Angela Darling on 01668 214462.

We look forward to you coming to visit Bamburgh to see the Christmas lights display and enjoy the facilities in the village during the festive period, which are quite enchanting.

Angela Darling,

Bamburgh Christmas Lights Committee

l ON behalf of Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers (ALF), I would like to say a big thank-you to all the customers who shopped in Morrisons, Alnwick, on Saturday.

ALF organised a bag-pack on behalf of the RNLI (Amble) and, thanks to the kind generosity of the shoppers, raised a fantastic total of £559.94.

This money is being directed to help replace the current life-jackets for the crew of the lifeboats.

Thank you to the shoppers and also to the staff of Morrisons who helped us on the day.

Our best wishes to you all for the Christmas season.

Eleanor Cassidy,

Vice-Chairman, Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers (ALF)