Town lights up for Christmas

MORPETH town centre will be illuminated when the Christmas lights are switched on this Saturday.

The traditional celebrations in the Market Place begin at 4.10pm when Mayor Phil Taylor will welcome the crowd and encourage them to join in with the carol singing.

This will be led by the group formerly known as Not the Three Tenors, accompanied by Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band.

The Rector of Morpeth, Reverend Robert McLean, will give a seasonal address and the lights will be switched on between 4.50pm and 5pm by the Fair Day fancy dress winner Joe Patterton.

This will be followed by a merry bell peal from the Clock Tower Bellringers.

Afterwards, mince pies and coffee will be served by the Morpeth Soroptimists in the Town Hall.

Earlier in the day, the building will host the Mistletoe Fair from 11am.

There will be a range of stalls run by local craftspeople and small businesses to help with the Christmas shopping.

There will be a festive welcome for visitors as Rutherfords of Morpeth has supplied decorations for the Butter Market.