Christmas cheer comes to villages

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016
 Choir Practice
 Picture byTerry Collinson
Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016 Choir Practice Picture byTerry Collinson

The Christmas lights were switched on in Alnmouth, Wooler, Beadnell and Hadston during well-attended ceremonies.

Beadnell came aglow in festive fashion last Friday. There was a church service and carols at St Ebba’s, followed by the switch-on at the Bullring.

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016
 the "swtitchers - on"
l to r .....................Max Kearns (6), Jenny Jobling-Purser (11), Reuben Chapple (6), Alex Eccleston (7) switch on the lights
 Picture byTerry Collinson

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016 the "swtitchers - on" l to r .....................Max Kearns (6), Jenny Jobling-Purser (11), Reuben Chapple (6), Alex Eccleston (7) switch on the lights Picture byTerry Collinson

Siblings George and Abigail Graham, whose family have lived in Beadnell for more than 200 years, did the honours. Father Christmas made an appearance and there was a well-attended social hour at the WI, where free refreshments were provided by the Beadnell Community Volunteers and WI members.

Wooler’s lights were turned on on the same night. Wooler Ukulele Group performed, while Santa made a visit courtesy of Alnwick Lions Club.

The charitable group also brought Santa and his sleigh to Alnmouth’s switch-on ceremony on Saturday. The Christmas lights were turned on by youngsters Max Kearns, Jenny Jobling-Purser, Reuben Chapple and Alex Eccleston.

Hadston’s festivities also took place last Saturday. The event was attended by Northumberland County Council’s Civic Head, Coun Alan Sambrook, while Peggy Tinning, who is a resident at the village’s Heatherdale Residential Care Home and turns 100 this weekend, and Hazelmead Residential Care Home resident Marianne Coulter, switched on the lights.

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016
Santa's youngest visitor, Azari James (6 weeks old) with mum, Airah Rose Young
 Picture byTerry Collinson

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016 Santa's youngest visitor, Azari James (6 weeks old) with mum, Airah Rose Young Picture byTerry Collinson

This Sunday coming, Longhoughton is holding its Christmas tree and lights festival.

The switch on takes place at 4pm at St Peter and St Paul Church.

There will also be a Nativity trail through the village, ending at Westfield Park, where, from 5pm, there will be community carol singing and refreshments including mince pies and mulled wine.

There will be a prize for the best village Christmas tree and light display.

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016
Anthea and Liam King
 Picture byTerry Collinson

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016 Anthea and Liam King Picture byTerry Collinson

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016
Constance Blackwell-Brown, Hattie Chapple and Joseph and Ralph Blackwell Brown
 Picture byTerry Collinson

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016 Constance Blackwell-Brown, Hattie Chapple and Joseph and Ralph Blackwell Brown Picture byTerry Collinson

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016
Alnmouth's Oliver McEwan
 Picture byTerry Collinson

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016 Alnmouth's Oliver McEwan Picture byTerry Collinson

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016
Indie Driscoll and Adi Lodge
 Picture byTerry Collinson

Alnmouth Christmas Lights 2016 Indie Driscoll and Adi Lodge Picture byTerry Collinson

Wooler Ukulele group at the Wooler lights switch on which took place on Friday, December 2.

Wooler Ukulele group at the Wooler lights switch on which took place on Friday, December 2.

Alnwick Lions were in attendance with Santa and his Sleigh and little Sophie Pringle  was able to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas this year.

Alnwick Lions were in attendance with Santa and his Sleigh and little Sophie Pringle was able to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas this year.

Beadnell Christmas lights

Beadnell Christmas lights

Peggy Tinning by the Christmas tree.

Peggy Tinning by the Christmas tree.