It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Seaton Valley now that the lights on the Christmas trees and garlands have been switched on in each of our villages.
The students whose designs had been made into Christmas garlands switched on their village Christmas lights on Friday 20 November; accompanied by their respective Ward Councillors.
Regretfully, we weren’t able to hold our normal Christmas Lights celebration events due to the current Covid restrictions; however we still managed to hold mini socially distanced events so that the winning students could enjoy their moment in the spotlight.
As the Covid restrictions began in March we were also unable to hold our usual Christmas light design competition for First School students which led to us deciding to have the designs of the runner-ups from last year’s competition made into Christmas garlands.
So our new Christmas garlands were designed by: Imogen Howes in Seghill, Charlotte Wardle in Seaton Delaval, Ethan Robertson-Willis in New Hartley, Oscar Warren in Seaton Sluice, and Bethany Hutchinson in Holywell.
We have made a video of our five village Switch On’s which includes Christmas messages from our Councillors, the Reverend David Bowler from the Parish of St Michael and All Saints, and from Father Phil Hughes from the Parish of Seghill Holy Trinity.
Cllr. Stephen Stanners, Chair of the Council, said ‘It is so upsetting not to be able to hold our usual annual community events for the switching on of the Christmas Lights. This is honestly my favourite time of year as I love seeing the children and their families enjoying the Christmas fun and festivities’. He added ‘This will be a different Christmas for many of us but we have to enjoy it whilst at the same time doing our best to follow the Coronavirus guidance to help us all beat this pandemic’.
You can watch the Christmas Lights Switch On Video through the link below.
Merry Christmas to all our residents and visitors from all of the Councillors and Staff at Seaton Valley Council.