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Christmas switched on in Seaham

Despite gale force winds and the threat of rain, crowds still turned out in Seaham on Thursday night to see a white-beared man in a red suit and some strange-looking reindeer on stilts!
Santa Claus was in town as part of this year's Christmas lights switch-on and North Terrace came alive as Santa was serenaded with community carol-singing before heading off to his grotto in Church Street.

Despite gale force winds and the threat of rain, crowds still turned out in Seaham on Thursday night to see a white-beared man in a red suit and some strange-looking reindeer on stilts! Santa Claus was in town as part of this year's Christmas lights switch-on and North Terrace came alive as Santa was serenaded with community carol-singing before heading off to his grotto in Church Street.

A PARADE marched through a town as a community gathered to watch its festive display light up.

Families battled through the wind to gather in Seaham for the switch-on late on Thursday, starting on the Terrace Green on the seafront, where two trees stand, before moving on to three others in the town centre.

Santa was pulled along on a horse-drawn sleigh, with Seaview Primary School pupils singing carols to music performed by Seaham Music Academy before a crowd of hundreds.

Fairground rides were set up outside Byron Place shopping centre, with organisers Seaham Town Council handing out sweets to youngsters.

The display has had a £18,000 revamp following the release of £10,000 from the Government’s Mary Portas campaign, with the rest put in by the council.

Mayor Sue Morrison, who oversaw the switch-on, said: “The new lights have made a difference and plenty of people have come down to see them.

“It’s good that they have something to see without the need to get a bus and travel to one of the bigger towns and all the businesses in Church Street have got on board.”

 

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