Reece ready to switch on Christmas lights

Reece Fraser with his winning Christmas light design.

Reece Fraser with his winning Christmas light design.

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Christmas cheer will be brought to town centres with the annual festive illuminations switch on.

And this year the lights will be switched on in Tynemouth by Reece Fraser, who won North Tyneside Council’s ‘Design a Light’ competition.

The 12-year-old, from Cullercoats, beat off tough competition from across the borough with his festive drawing of Santa Claus.

He will be joined by family and friends tomorrow (Friday) to turn on the borough’s Christmas lights at Tynemouth Priory and Castle, with the illuminations in the village being the first on.

Local school choirs from King Edward’s Primary, Christ Church Primary and Kings Priory Academy, along with the Harmony Choir, will be performing Christmas carols at the event.

There will also be an appearance from north east comic Steve Walls, who plays Smee in Peter Pan – this year’s Playhouse Whitley Bay pantomime.

The fun starts at 4.30pm, with the switch on at 5.30pm.

All three town centres – Whitley Bay, North Shields and Wallsend, along with Tynemouth Front Street – will be sparkling with Christmas lights.