Ryhope residents get into Christmas spirit at lights switch-on

Families got into the festive spirit as the Christmas lights were switched on in Ryhope.

Thursday, 1st December 2016, 8:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:43 pm
Residents turned out in force for the Ryhope Christmas lights switch-on.

The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Alan Emerson, led the big switch-on of the lights, which were funded by residents.

Members of residents’ group Ryhope Community Spirit raised more than £1,000 to buy a tree before fundraising for new decorations.

The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Alan Emerson, and organiser Cris Watson Hope.

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The organiser of the switch-on event, Cris Watson, was delighted with how it was received, and how many people turned out.

She said: “I was really happy with how it went.

“There was such a great turnout, despite the fact we couldn’t put lights on our real tree, because it’s still just a baby.

“Next year, it’s going to be an even bigger and better event.

Cousins Lola Mason, aged two, and Jesse Appleby, also aged two, enjoy the switch-on.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy it, and we’re going to work even harder over the next 12 months to secure the funds we need to make it even better.”

There was a visit from Santa Claus and his sleigh, as well as stalls, a tombola, live music from Miss Lola Dee, hot and cold food, classic cars and 4x4s.

Residents turned out in force for the Christmas lights switch-on in Ryhope.
Residents turned out in force for the Christmas lights switch-on in Ryhope.
Residents turned out in force for the Christmas lights switch-on in Ryhope.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Alan Emerson, and organiser Cris Watson Hope.
Cousins Lola Mason, aged two, and Jesse Appleby, also aged two, enjoy the switch-on.
Residents turned out in force for the Christmas lights switch-on in Ryhope.
Residents turned out in force for the Christmas lights switch-on in Ryhope.
Residents turned out in force for the Christmas lights switch-on in Ryhope.