Santa lights up the town

The switch-on of Morpeth Christmas lights.
 Picture by Doug Harrison
The switch-on of Morpeth Christmas lights. Picture by Doug Harrison
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Christmas came to Morpeth at the weekend when the town’s festive lights were switched on.

Crowds gathered in the Market Place on Saturday for carol singing led by the Star Tenors, accompanied by Ellington Colliery Band.

Morpeth Mayor Andrew Tebbutt and Santa. Picture by Doug Harrison

Morpeth Mayor Andrew Tebbutt and Santa. Picture by Doug Harrison

The Mayor of Morpeth, Andrew Tebbutt, gave a Christmas address before Santa flicked the switch to light up the town.

The Clock Tower bell-ringers kept the festive mood going with some seasonal ringing afterwards.

Also on Saturday was the annual Mistletoe Fair in the Corn Exchange and Ballroom of the Town Hall.

Santa was also on hand to meet youngsters during the fair. Adults enjoyed free mulled wine provided by Morpethnet, while children had fun on the free roundabout in the Market Place

Music from Ellington Colliery Band.  Picture by Doug Harrison.

Music from Ellington Colliery Band. Picture by Doug Harrison.

The display of Christmas lights is a joint project between Morpeth Town Council and the Chamber of Trade.

Crowds turned out for the switch-on. Picture by Doug Harrison

Crowds turned out for the switch-on. Picture by Doug Harrison

Santa's little helpers.  Picture by Doug Harrison

Santa's little helpers. Picture by Doug Harrison