Newcastle Christmas Lights set to light up the night

Metro radio will be hosting the night of fun.
Metro Radio will be hosting the night of fun.

This year Newcastle City Centre Christmas Lights switch-on is promising an evening of festive fun for all the family, with Metro Radio hosting the evening for the 5th time.

On Thursday (8 November), 20,000 lights will illuminate the city as a crowd of 5,000 people gather at Greys Monument to enjoy the Christmas-showcase that is proudly sponsored by NSPCC.

The free event, hosted by Metro Radios Steve and Karen, will have the crowd entertained with Christmas sing-alongs, lots of dancing and on-stage competitions. Newcastle Falcon players Toby Flood and Will Welch will join the fun, as the city prepares to host European Rugby Finals weekend in May 2019.

Toby and Will will be joined the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, cllr David Down, Big Audition winners Liv N G, the cast of the Theatre Royals Pantomime ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, Cabinet member for culture, sport and public health Cllr Kim McGuiness and a special appearance from the one and only, Santa Claus.

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr David Down who said: “The evening that the Newcastle Christmas Lights are switched on marks the official start of the festive season and is a great chance for the people of Newcastle to come together and begin to share in the joys of Christmastime. The lights illuminate the city every year and create a warm and colourful surrounding for the residents and visitors alike who come into the city centre over the Christmas period to enjoy all that this great city has to offer.”

Jackie Dawson, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for the North East of England, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this year’s Christmas switch-on, which will give the people of Newcastle a chance to help us shine a light for every childhood in the city.

“We know that one in ten children in the UK has been neglected. And for a child who has been neglected, Christmas is yet another cold, dark and lonely time. But with your support, we can turn their lives around.”

Anyone who has concerns that a child is experiencing neglect or abuse, can contact the NSPCC’s free and confidential helpline on 0808 800 5000. Children and young people with any worries can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk.  To support the NSPCC please visit nspcc.org.uk/donate’.

Falcons player Toby Flood said "I know Will and I are pretty excited to be asked, it's something I suppose you remember as a kid, walking around Newcastle come Christmas time and having the experience of all that so it's a pretty special thing and we're pretty honoured to be invited.

"We have a few friends and family there as well to get stuck into it so it should be an interesting and special occasion. I never thought it would be one that I would be doing but it's pretty cool to have the chance."

The switch-on event will take place on Thursday 8th November and will start at 5.30pm with the lights being switched on at approximately 6.30pm. The event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend, people are advised to get down early to secure the best vantage point.

It might be advisable to use public transport [Metro or the Bus network] to get to and from the City Centre as the Christmas shopping season is well and truly in full swing.

You can follow Newcastle City Council on social media @newcastlecitycouncil (Facebook) and @NewcastleCC (Twitter) @lovenewcastle (Instagram) and join in the online conversation using #NewcastleChristmasLights.

People can follow Metro Radio on @metroradiouk (for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and finally information can be found about the work of the NSPCC by clicking www.nspcc.org.uk or at @NSPCC (Twitter) and @nspcc (Face Book).

You can purchase your tickets for the Newcastle Finals Weekend here: http://www.newcastle2019.com/