Our annual switch on of the Christmas Lights in our five villages welcomed the festive season to Seaton Valley.
The events started in Seghill on 23 November and were followed by Seaton Sluice, Seaton Delaval, Holywell and the final event on the 1 December at New Hartley.
As with previous years, we ran our annual Christmas Lights competition held in conjunction with the village First Schools. Children take part in a competition to design a decorative Christmas Light. The winner from each school gets their winning design made into a light and they get to switch their own light on at their village event. They are joined by the runners up to switch on the lights of the village Christmas tree.
There was an excellent turn-out by residents to support the events with a definite increase in attendance from previous years.
Entertainment included the Chilli Road Band, carol signing, a Magician and entertainer, free roast chestnuts, mulled wine and mince pies and a couple of free prize draws for the children. At Seaton Delaval the crowd were also entertained by a short performance from the Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society from their presentation of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Christmas Lights Competition
Every year we hold a competition in all of the Seaton Valley First Schools to design a Christmas Light. The judges had a difficult time deciding which designs had won this year as the standard of the submissions were so high.
After long discussions the winners were decided and their designs were made into Christmas Lights to be displayed in the villages.
The winners and runners-up this year were:
Christmas Shop Window Competition
Following on from the success of last year, we held another Christmas Shop Window Competition and invited the businesses in Seaton Valley to decorate their windows and enter the competition.
The entries were judged by Father Phil Hughes and Father Darren Bell from St Mary’s Church in Holywell. More businesses had decorated their windows this year and the judging was very difficult.
In the end Motor Factors in Seaton Delaval was declared the winners and the judges gave a joint second place to Ruby Blue Hairdressers and The Crescent Café.
Pictured below is Andre Mather from Motor Factors receiving his winning certificate from Cllr. Stephen Stanners.