13 pictures from South Shields Christmas light switch on - can you spot yourself in the crowd?
The countdown to the festive season got off with a bang as East 17 switched on the Christmas lights in South Shields.
Thousands gathered in Market Place to see the 90s pop group East 17 – renowned for their chart-topping Christmas hit, Stay Another Day – and the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Norman Dick and Mayoress, Mrs Jean Williamson, to turn on the town’s festive display.
The evening, hosted by BBC Newcastle’s Gilly Hope, included a host entertainment including local performers the Choirmaster group, and the cast of this year’s The Customs House panto, Snow White.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite moments from the night, can you spot yourself the crowd?