You all make it a special event

I write on behalf of Bamburgh Christmas Lights Committee to thank the many volunteers and the enthusiastic crowd, who do so much to ensure a marvellous Bamburgh Christmas lights switch-on each year.

Sunday, 9th December 2018, 08:00 am

St Aidan’s Church was packed to standing room only, and our thanks go to the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, the Ven Rev Peter Robinson, who performed the service and the blessing of the Nativity scene.

Each year we ask someone who has contributed to our community to switch the Christmas lights on and this year we asked Alex Nixon, who has contributed so much of his own time to the village Christmas lights right from the start in 2004.

Alex was ably helped to switch the lights on by Conor Dobson.

This year the tree is one of the finest on display, and a big thank you to Thompsons Garage, Seahouses, which each year supports us by organising transport for the trees.

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Thanks to the Bamburgh Castle Walled Garden for the use of its wall and electricity, and the grass area for the Nativity display.

And to Francis and William Watson Armstrong and the Castle Estates for the use of the Grove and the cherry-picker and their support over the years.

Thank you to the volunteers, who each year ensure the Christmas lights are as magnificent as they are, Graham Trotter, Allan Newton, Martin Spruce, Alex Nixon, John Turnbull and Peter Darling.

They share their time and talents without any compensation, and without them, there would be no Christmas lights.

Thanks to R Carter and Sons and The Pantry for sustaining the workers with sandwiches and coffee, which I know keeps them motivated to keep going in all sorts of weather.

A special mention to Robert Thomas, the Bamburgh Village Show Committee and Seahouses Rotary Club for their generous donations to support the Bamburgh Christmas lights this year.

Finally, thank you to Bamburgh Parish Council, Bamburgh village and the visitors who support the event that help to make it so special.

Angela Darling

Bamburgh Christmas Lights Committee