The festive season is officially underway in South Shields following the Christmas light switch on.

15 photos as crowds gather in South Shields for the Christmas light switch on

The festive season is underway in South Shields as crowds gathered for the Christmas light switch on.

The South Shields Christmas light switch event on was held on Wednesday, November 24 in Market Place – with plenty of entertainment on display to get the crowd in the festive spirit.

The honour of switching on the lights fell to “local hero” Dr Mickey Jachuck, a Consultant Cardiologist at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, who has been a key supporter of the Borough’s Beat Covid campaign.

BBC Newcastle’s Alfie Joey hosted the night, with performances from Jen Stevens & The Hiccups, South Shields Serenity Singers and Choirmaster and Customs House favourites Dennis and Achoo.

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