New lights shine on for Christmas

Crowds gather for the lights being switched on at Whitley Bay Metro station.
Crowds gather for the lights being switched on at Whitley Bay Metro station.

A section of Whitley Bay is shining thanks to some festive cheer.

Crowds gathered at Whitley Bay Metro station last Saturday to see the Christmas lights – paid for after a big fundraising drive – were switched on.

Crowds gather for the lights being switched on at Whitley Bay Metro station.

Crowds gather for the lights being switched on at Whitley Bay Metro station.

The Friends of Station Road, with support from Whitley Bay Big Local, have pledged to build on the success of the lights for years to come.

Youngsters were able to meet Santa Claus, his wife and reindeer while Mike Brannigan held festive wreath making workshops. There was a carol performance by Bayvox choir.

Julie Summers, from Friends of Station Road, said: “We were absolutely delighted with how the day went and there was a real community feel right across the event.

“Thanks to the fantastic efforts by a team of volunteers, this was a really lovely start to the festive celebrations and it was great to see visitors enjoying themselves on the day.”

Sue Miller, from Whitley Bay Big Local, added: “Everyone worked extremely hard to make this event possible and their considerable efforts demonstrate the sense of community that we have in the town.

“This was a fantastic event for all to enjoy and something which will no doubt be built upon and grow year on year. What a great way to begin the Christmas celebrations in style.”

This weekend sees the return of the popular St Nicholas Festival in the town – December 4 and 5 – with the Saturday also playing host to the Whitley Bay Christmas Fayre at the Metro station from 11am to 3pm.