Jonathan’s bright idea all set for grand switch-on as part of display

A PUPIL’S bright idea is set to shine as it takes centre stage in the borough.

Jonathan Travis has won North Tyneside Council’s annual design a Christmas light with his drawing of holly.

It will be part of Whitley Bay’s lighting display, with the 12-year-old turning it on at the borough’s big switch-on ceremony on Friday, November 23.

The St Thomas More RC Academy pupil will be joined by some cast members of the Cinderella pantomime at the Playhouse Whitley Bay for the switch on in Whitley Road, near the old Coliseum building, with the fun getting underway at 4.30pm and lights being switched on at 5.30pm.

Jonathan said: “I was so excited and surprised to have won – it was a total shock.

“It feels amazing that every will see my design in lights and I can’t wait to see it myself.”

Whitley Bay, Wallsend and North Shields, plus Tynemouth Front Street, will be sparkling with Christmas lights.

Wallsend’s display is entirely new this year, with 46 lights in a variety of designs ranging from reindeer to stars while some of the previous design competition winners will be put up outside Wallsend Town Hall.

Town centres will also feature festive floral planters and an illuminated Christmas tree.

Meanwhile, illuminated Christmas trees will be situated on some of the borough’s major roundabouts.