See Gateshead's Christmas lights switch-on during a Frozen evening of sparkling entertainment

Chronicle Live 3 weeks ago

A Frozen celebration added to the festive mood on Thursday as families gathered for the switch-on of Gateshead's Christmas lights.

Onlookers who waited in the town's Trinity Square for the big moment were treated to a Rita Ora tribute act by Leonie Voss and Frozen-theme entertainment.

Also adding to the cheer on what was a dark and chilly evening were performances from The Felling Male Voice Choir and Happy Feet Dance School.

Radio presenters Kelly Scott and Justin Lockwood were the hosts for the night, warming up the crowd as Santa too made an appearance.

There was a giant snowglobe and festive stalls in the square for the event, which was raising money through collections for Tiny Lives which supports special care baby unit at the RVI.

On stage for a Frozen Spectacular by local events company Envisage were young talents Eva Coates, Jessica Dowd and Jessica Black who played Princess Anna at different stages.

There were characters too mingling with the crowd and everybody joined in when the countdown to the switch-on  - attended by the Mayor and Mayoress - got under way - later than the expected time of 6.30pm.

It was around 6.50pm when the switch was flicked and there were cheers at the sight of the sparkling  lights which mark the official start of Gateshead's Christmas celebrations.

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