Lights are out as festive displays are taken down

Christmas lights will be removed and packed away in storage.
Christmas lights will be removed and packed away in storage.

Now Christmas is over, work will begin this week to take down South Tyneside’s festive light displays.

Every October work gets under way to put up the Borough’s Christmas displays to ensure they are in place in time for the big switch-on events in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn town centres.

Then in January, the lights are removed and packed away ready for next Christmas. Those still in place today, on the ‘Twelfth Night’, are switched off.

With a 12-strong team of workers, the council’s street lighting partner, Balfour Beatty, will carry out a rolling programme to remove all of the festive street lighting and displays and place them into storage.

Councillor Tracey Dixon said: “Every year we receive a lot of positive feedback from residents and visitors about our dazzling Christmas lights, trees and decorations across South Tyneside.

“This year our displays include more than 300 motifs, displays and garlands and over 20 Christmas trees across our towns and villages.

“It takes around five weeks to put them up and test them therefore it can take just as long to carefully take them down, check them over and store them away properly.

“Unfortunately it is not possible to have them all removed before the traditional ‘Twelfth Night’ however those still in place are switched off at this time.”

We hope residents and visitors have enjoyed your displays throughout our town centres and villages including our Winter Wonderland lights in St Hilda’s Church Gardens and our light switch on events. We look forward to next year.