Tree of Light part of switch-on event at Sanderson Arcade

Rotary president Rhona Dunn
Rotary president Rhona Dunn

Christmas illuminations at a Morpeth shopping centre will be unveiled on Saturday.

And this year, there will be a new addition as the Tree of Light switch-on is going to happen at the same time – 5pm.

Before then, the Sanderson Arcade afternoon programme includes music, games, activities and giveaways.

To help build excitement for the switch-on, North East singer Lola Saunders – one of last year’s X Factor finalists – will be performing.

Those who come along can also enjoy the tunes and melodies of The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and school choirs from Chantry and Newminster.

Established by Morpeth Rotary Club president Rhona Dunn, the Tree of Light gives people the opportunity to sponsor a light in memory of loved ones and a book is going to be placed beside the tree to list those who have donated and the people they have commemorated.

Every penny donated will go to the Great North Air Ambulance Service, Cancer Research North East and Barnabas Safe and Sound – the Arcade’s chosen charity for the year.

The club’s special guest for the day is Dr Caroline Pryer, Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland.

Mrs Dunn told the Herald this week that Rotary members will man the tree from noon to 2pm between Sunday and December 31 to give people the opportunity to see the memorial book and donate directly.

Stratstone BMW Tyneside is supporting the Arcade‘s Christmas lights event for the second year running and as well as a giveaway of Santa hats, Santa himself will transform the boot of the new BMW X1 into a Christmas grotto.

The festive fun, hosted by Heart Radio presenters Justin and Kelly, starts at 2.30pm.