Festive film screening set to mark South Tyneside's virtual Christmas lights switch on

A special festive film is to be screened in South Tyneside as the borough marks the countdown to Christmas with its first ever virtual lights switch on.

South Tyneside's lights switch on will be online this year
South Tyneside's lights switch on will be online this year

The Christmas lights will be switched on from Saturday, November 21 but, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it will be an online celebration this year, with families invited to enjoy the event from the comfort of their own home.

A pre-recorded short film will be streamed on the council’s You Tube channel at 7pm and then be available to view throughout the festive season.

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The Mayor of South Tyneside, Cllr Norman Dick said: “Our Christmas lights switch on events really help to get the festive season underway and, despite being delivered differently this year, our unique virtual celebration is sure to get people into the Christmas spirit.”

The Mayor, and Mayoress Jean Williamson, make personal appearances in the festive family sketch alongside the Customs House’s panto favourites, Dame Bella, and her hapless son Arbuthnot.

Customs House executive director, Ray Spencer, said: “The Christmas lights switch ons are real highlights for our communities and we were delighted to be asked to work with the council and Wycombe Media to make something fun and uplifting to launch a virtual switch on. I hope it brings a smile to everyone’s face and Christmas magic to everyone’s heart.”

The Mayor added: “The Mayoress and I have had great fun being part of this wonderful heart-warming film and working with the fantastic Customs House panto characters. They never fail to bring a smile to people’s faces and will certainly provide some much-needed cheer at this time.”

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