Shining brightly for all to see this winter

Kacey Dobson with her winning drawing and the designed version.

Kacey Dobson with her winning drawing and the designed version.

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A young child is helping bring festive cheer to the borough this winter.

Kacey Dobson will see her design go up in lights after winning North Tyneside Council’s competition.

The five-year-old, from Wallsend, will now get the honour to switch on the display in North Shields on Friday, November 21.

And even more exciting for the Battle Hill Primary School pupil, her elf design will be one of the lights featured in this year’s display.

Kacey said: “I drew an elf because it reminds me of Christmas and I saw it in the film Polar Express. I’m really excited to turn on my light and the others.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn added: “Congratulations to Kacey on this wonderful achievement – her design is very sweet and is sure to bring festive cheer to the borough.

“I look forward to meeting her and her family as they join me in switching on the lights.

“The annual event is always a lovely evening and I would like to invite residents to come along to it, or to visit one of the other town centres, which will also be sparkling with Christmas lights.

“After speaking to residents, we’ve made sure we’ve got loads of fantastic events and activities happening across the borough over the festive period.”

The switch-on is taking place in Northumberland Square from 4.30pm. Local school and community choirs will be entertaining the crowds before the lights are turned on at 5.30pm.

The event is part of North Tyneside Council’s Winter Festival, which this year includes an ice rink in Tynemouth Station; a Santa Roadshow; several Christmas markets and more.

The ‘Design a Light’ competition takes place each year and entries are now being accepted to feature in the 2015 display.

The drawing competition is open to anyone aged 18 and under living in North Tyneside, who would like their festive drawing to light up the borough.

The winning design will be the centrepiece of the Council’s 2015 display and will take pride of place amongst the Christmas street decorations.

Drawings can be dropped off at any North Tyneside library or sent to Tom Wilson, Events Team, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant East, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY.

Please include your name, address and contact details.