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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Young carol singers light up Prudhoe for Christmas

MASSIVE crowds turned out for the switch-on of Prudhoe Christmas lights last Friday.

Families began arriving at the Glade area of Front Street as early as 4.30pm to enjoy entertainment from Mr Disco Man, aka John Robson, and carol singing from local children, alongside the St Mary Magdalene Parish Church choir.

Wendy Neal, producer of Prudhoe’s Dragon Tale theatre group and Olympic torchbearer for the town, then did the honours, speaking of the sense of community in Prudhoe.

Santa, naturally, was in attendance and goodies were provided by Prudhoe’s Co-op, The Original Factory Shop, The One Stop Shop and Creative Management, the company that provides lunches for Prudhoe High School.

Crafts produced by Prudhoe Parents’ Group were also sold at the event.

Sarah Eden, administrator for Prudhoe Town Council, which organises the festivities, said: “It was the best to date, I think.

“There wasn’t room to swing a cat.

“I think having Mickley First School and Prudhoe Castle First School pupils singing made a big difference, and, unlike last year when there had been some snow, it was a lovely day, which might have helped.”

Mrs Eden added that the town council had also advertised the switch-on effectively by distributing flyers among local schools.

Traders were also invited to take part and the council had responded to their suggestion that lights should be extended further up Front Street.

In fact, the only problem to occur on the evening was the swift disappearance of the mulled wine.

“We had a concoction of red wine and lemonade instead,” Mrs Eden said

“The town council’s events group will now know for next year: order more mulled wine!”

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