Taylor, 11, keen to let it glow after winning light design competition

Taylor Thompson with his design and the final version.
Taylor Thompson with his design and the final version.

A youngster will be lighting up the borough after shining in a design competition.

Taylor Thompson will get to turn on North Tyneside’s Christmas lights at a switch-on event being held tomorrow.

The 11-year-old will be joined by borough mayor Norma Redfearn as he does the honours after he won North Tyneside Council’s competition to design a festive light.

And the New York Primary School pupil is eager to see his snowman design among the lights featured in this year’s display in Wallsend.

Taylor said: “I was really excited to win, and I can’t wait to see my snowman all lit up.

“I hope it makes everyone feel Christmassy.”

Mrs Redfearn said: “I’m looking forward to meeting Taylor and his family.

“His design is brilliant and will be a perfect addition to the display in Wallsend.

“The annual switch-on is a really lovely event, and I hope as many families as possible can come along and enjoy the festivities with me.

“I also like to encourage other children to join in with next year’s design-a-light competition to be in with the chance to have their festive drawing up in lights.”

The event gets under way at 4.30pm outside the Forum Shopping Centre.

On the same day, and running until early Saturday evening, there will be a Christmas market outside the Forum as part of the council’s winter festival programme.

There will be lots of stalls, festive entertainment and the chance to meet real reindeer on the Saturday.

For more information about the festival, also including appearances by Santa Claus, pantomimes, festive film screenings, visit www.

Entries are already being accepted for next year’s light design competition.

The drawing contest, held annually since 2007, is open to anyone living in North Tyneside aged 18 and under.

The winning design will be the centrepiece of the council’s 2016 display and will take pride of place among Wallsend’s Christmas street decorations.

Drawings can be dropped off at any North Tyneside library or sent to: Events Team, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant East, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY, along with the child’s name, address and contact details.