Village Christmas lights switched on

All Saints Church in Rothbury was packed for the Christmas lights switch-on. Picture by Mary Scott
All Saints Church in Rothbury was packed for the Christmas lights switch-on. Picture by Mary Scott

Christmas has arrived at more villages in north Northumberland, as the festive lights are switched on.

Warkworth’s Christmas lights were switched on by Coun Jeff Watson and vicar Margaret Horbrough to the delight of a huge crowd.

A brass band accompanies the carol singing at the switch-on of Rothbury Christmas lights. Picture by Mary Scott

A brass band accompanies the carol singing at the switch-on of Rothbury Christmas lights. Picture by Mary Scott

Coun Watson thanked all those who had helped, including Warkworth Parish Council, who funded the lights; Amble and Warkworth Rotary Club, who took along Santa and his sleigh; and Topsy Turvey, who supplied the elves, mince pies and wine.

He said: “Warkworth’s simple white lights and magnificent tree, along with the floodlighting of the castle and medieval bridge, have proved a big hit with residents and visitors alike.”

In Rothbury, All Saints Church was packed for the big switch-on.

Outside, a brass band accompanied the carol singing and Rothbury Highland Pipe Band also entertained the crowds.

Crowds wait for the big moment at the Rothbury Christmas lights switch-on. Picture by Mary Scott

Crowds wait for the big moment at the Rothbury Christmas lights switch-on. Picture by Mary Scott

Lewis Stephens, 11, from Glanton, a pupil at Dr Thomlionson C of E Middle School in Rothbury, had the honour of switching on the lights.

Bamburgh’s lights were also switched on last weekend.

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Lewis Stephens, 11, from Glanton, a pupil at Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School in Rothbury, had the honour of switching on the village Christmas lights. Picture by Mary Scott

Lewis Stephens, 11, from Glanton, a pupil at Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School in Rothbury, had the honour of switching on the village Christmas lights. Picture by Mary Scott

Santa and pals at the Warkworth Christmas lights switch-on. Picture by Lois Lamb

Santa and pals at the Warkworth Christmas lights switch-on. Picture by Lois Lamb

Snow adds a festive feel to the Warkworth Christmas lights switch-on. Picture by Lois Lamb

Snow adds a festive feel to the Warkworth Christmas lights switch-on. Picture by Lois Lamb

Bamburgh's Christmas tree with the illuminated castle a magnificent backdrop. Picture by Darren Chapman

Bamburgh's Christmas tree with the illuminated castle a magnificent backdrop. Picture by Darren Chapman