Christmas begins in County Durham

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MORE than a thousand people turned up to see Durham City’s Christmas kick off in style.

 Emmerdale stars Matthew Wolfenden and Natalie Anderson switched on the lights in front of a delighted crowd last night.

Durham Christmas Lights switch-on in the market Sqaure, Durham on Sunday night, by Emmerdale stars Natalie Anderson (Alicia Harding) and Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe)

Durham Christmas Lights switch-on in the market Sqaure, Durham on Sunday night, by Emmerdale stars Natalie Anderson (Alicia Harding) and Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe)

Meanwhile, Coronation Street star Mikey North helped kick off Peterlee’s coundown to Christmas.

The actor, who plays Gary Windass in the soap, was joined by Jamie Rickers who plays Buttons in the Sunderland Empire panto Cinderella, and 10-year-old Lucy Wood for Saturday’s switch-on.