Published on 18.11.2022

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Alnwick’s fantastic festive switch-on in pictures

Christmas spirit filled Alnwick this evening as people gathered to watch the switch-on of the town’s famous display of lights.

This year the switch was flicked by seven-year-old  Millie Rae O’Neill and the Duchess of Northumberland.

Alnwick Christmas Lights committee have spent many months working on the display and their Chairman Gordon Castle paid tribute to their hard work : “We owe this small, dedicated team so much, without them Alnwick would look very different at this time of year.”

“Christmas lights are not cheap. We are very fortunate to have two long-term sponsors. These are Meenu Malhotra and his family who gave a substantial donation and likewise Alnwick Town Council who yet again have been very generous.”

“I was delighted this evening to be presented with cheques from two of Alnwick’s charitable groups. Five thousand pounds were received from the wonderful Alnwick Lions and Alnwick Round Table kindly gave £750.  What a generous town we live in.”

He also thanked Warren Access for free use of a cherry picker and Dean at Melvyn’s Café for providing the team with sustenance while they hang and take down the lights.