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A FROSTY night helped get crowds into the festive spirit at a town’s Christmas lights switch on.

Scores gathered in Hetton for the annual switching-on of the lights and to enjoy traditional festive fun.

Organised by Hetton Town Council, the event went without a hitch and this year the flicking of the switch, by Mayor of Hetton, Councillor Allen Maddison, also triggered the lighting up of trees in East Rainton and Moorsley,

Clerk to the council, John Price, said: “It was a really good night and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was very cold, but fine, which was great because last year it poured with rain.

“We had live reindeer there as well, which you can imagine were a huge hit, especially with the children.”

The children also had the chance to meet Santa, who went along to the event, and entertainment in the form of Christmas carols was provided by the choir from Hetton School.

Mr Price said Hetton’s tree, which is a huge Redwood donated to the town from a community in Canada many years ago, looked amazing when it was all lit up.