Youngsters take starring role to pay special tribute to their late grandfather

Two Morpeth youngsters have paid a special tribute to their late grandfather.

Fourteen-year-old Emily Streener and her 11-year-old brother Max were invited to switch on thousands of lights on the St Oswald’s Hospice 25ft memorial Christmas tree.

A Light Up A Life Remembrance Service was held at the Metro Radio Arena last night, with the lights shining in memory of loved ones who were cared for at the hospice.

Emily and Max paid tribute to their grandad Bill Longstaff, who died in July last year.

His widow Kate said: “Bill attended Day Hospice at St Oswald’s for seven years. The support and care he received during this time was unbelievable, and we wouldn’t have got through such a difficult time without the staff at this wonderful hospice.

“Bill enjoyed the companionship, care and compassion shown to him by the staff, volunteers and other patients at St Oswald’s so when we heard about Light Up A Life it seemed a very fitting way to remember him.”

The service included music by Robsons Choice, Voices of Hope, Newcastle Concert Band and Longbenton Community College Choir, as well as children from the audience singing Away In A Manger.