Work starts to take down South Tyneside's Christmas lights now festive season is over

With the festivities over plans are underway to take down decorations across South Tyneside.

Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 1:48 pm

Each autumn, South Tyneside Council and its street lighting partner, Balfour Beatty, start putting up the borough’s Christmas displays to ensure they are in place in time for the Christmas lights switch on events across South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn.

Lights are removed in January and stored away until next Christmas. Those still in place on the ‘Twelfth Night’ (6 January) are switched off.

In addition to the Christmas Wonderland events and activities, the Council invested in a range of extra new light installations to add to existing displays.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Some of the new 2021 festive lighting in South Tyneside.

New features included motifs along Fowler Street and Keppel Street and leading up to Market Square. Additional lighting was also installed along King Street with an overhead canopy as well as lit trees at the northern end of the high street.

Read More

Read More
'It’s going to be a fantastic year for fundraising' - Bradley Lowery Foundation ...

New displays featured in Hebburn at the Victoria Road East/Campbell Park Road roundabout and in Jarrow on the A185 roundabout, along Church Bank and on trees in Linear Park.

New lights were added to the trees at Harton Village and the roundabout at Cauldwell Avenue/Sunderland Road and new motifs were added to East Boldon’s Front Street. A new Christmas tree was also installed at Marsden Grotto car park.

Some of the new 2021 festive lighting in South Tyneside.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “Each year, South Tyneside’s displays help to spread festive cheer across the Borough. After a tough period for all our communities, we were determined to help raise spirits further with additional festive lighting in our towns and villages as well as the return of our traditional Christmas Wonderland events.

“It takes around four weeks to put up the displays and test them. Understandably, it can take just as long to take them down. The process involves carefully removing the lights across our towns and villages, checking them over and storing them away ready for next year.

“Due to the quantity of decorations across the Borough, it is simply not possible to take down all of the displays before the traditional ‘Twelfth Night’, although those still in place are switched off at this time.”

Support your Gazette and become a subscriber today.

Some of the new 2021 festive lighting in South Tyneside.

Enjoy unlimited access to all of our news and sport, see fewer ads, experience faster load times, test your brain with daily puzzles and get access to exclusive newsletters.

Your support for our journalism means we can continue telling South Tyneside’s stories for generations to come. Click here to subscribe - and click here to get a snapshot of the Gazette’s news and sport to your inbox through our email newsletters.

‘Click here to subscribe’:

‘Click here to get a snapshot’: