Christmas Cheer Ignites at Ashington’s Light Switch-On Ceremony
A jolly crowd turned out on Thursday evening, November 30th to ring in the holiday season at Ashington’s annual lighting event. The anticipation was palpable as hundreds gathered despite brisk weather for an evening full of Yuletide fun.
Festivities kicked off at the Ashington YMCA where people merrily crafted lanterns and other Christmas arts and crafts as they awaited the illumination. The delights such as mince pies and hot chocolate from local businesses warmed attendees during the activities.
As the clock neared 6pm, families embarked on a Lantern Walk up Station Road with a procession of homemade lanterns. Children’s eyes lit up as much as their creations when they encountered Santa waving merrily in his sleigh. The eagerly anticipated walk ended at the town Christmas tree where pop singer Daniel James soon took to the stage.
Daniel James stirred even more excitement through the crisp, darkening air as he aptly performed “Silent Night, 'O' Holy Night” preceding the ceremony. Right on cue at 6pm, Daniel flipped the switch, lighting the Christmas tree and lighting features which dazzled brightly amidst cheers and applause.
Civic Head, Cllr Victor Bridges attended the event and comments, “Ashington Town Council would like to thank the volunteers assisting with arts and crafts at the YMCA to our guest star Daniel James wowing the crowd, so many worked behind the scenes to stage a great event we can take pride in. And to all the families who turned out with smiling faces amidst the brisk air, your presence highlighted Ashington’s Christmas spirit.”
We're thrilled to showcase stunning photos capturing memorable moments from the Christmas Light Switch-On event, courtesy of Roy Smith from the Ashington Camera Club.
Additionally, look out for a compilation video of the Switch-On produced using footage of locals enjoying the activities, entertainment and light spectacle. The video will feature appropriately spirited Christmas music performed by youth groups from Ashington schools and scouts.