Countdown to Christmas begins

Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, with Christmas lights.'REF 1911141085
Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, with Christmas lights.'REF 1911141085
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Morpeth will be getting into the festive spirit on Saturday when the town’s Christmas Lights are switched following some carol singing.

The action-packed day, which also includes the Mistletoe Fair in the Town Hall, follows the double celebration at Sanderson Arcade last Saturday, as the start of its display marked the shopping centre’s fifth anniversary.

The switch-on programme at the Market Place, organised by Morpeth Town Council, starts at 4.10pm with a welcome and introduction by Mayor Nic Best.

Morpeth’s own Star Tenors will then lead the carols and everyone else present will be encouraged to join in – the Ellington Colliery Band will accompany the singing.

At around 4.50pm, there will be a Christmas Address by the Rector of Morpeth, Rev Simon White, and five minutes later, the Mayor will invite the Christmas Card design winner to switch-on the lights. At about 5pm, there will be some festive bellringing by the Clock Tower Bellringers.

The festive fun gets under way at 10am with the Mistletoe Fair. There will be many stalls selling jewellery, food gifts, cards, china gifts and candles among other items.

Following the success of the 21st Birthday Exhibition at the Chantry in June, the Woodhorn Matters group will be there to showcase some exhibition work and present a range of items for sale that have been hand-made by members, along with its unique 2015 calendar.

Hearty soup, mulled wine and mince pies will also be available at the fair, which runs until 6pm.

In addition, a kiddies roundabout will be on the Market Place during the late morning and afternoon. For more information about all of the attractions, call the town council on 01670 514314.

At Sanderson Arcade last Saturday, a tea party was held for children sharing their birthday with the shopping centre and the youngsters also joined Santa and Coun Best to switch on its lights.

The festivities, hosted by Metro Radio’s breakfast show presenters Steve and Karen and sponsored by Stratstone Tyneside, featured performances by X-Factor’s Kerrianne Covell, acoustic band North Road and The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Centre manager Medi Parry said: “It’s always lovely to see the centre all lit up for Christmas and we hope that everyone who came along had a really great afternoon.”