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Biggest hello to Christmas

Thousands of people turned out to watch Amble’s Christmas lights and procession, which was the biggest one yet, say organisers.

Queen Street was filled to bursting with happy families watching or taking part in the festive parade.

Top: Dexter dragon waves to the crowd. The Christmas Lights procession was the biggest Amble has seen.

Top: Dexter dragon waves to the crowd. The Christmas Lights procession was the biggest Amble has seen.

Floats were festooned with fairy lights and filled with shiny happy people. A range of super and furry animals danced and waved to the crowd. Music, drums and a rock and roll band provided a carnival atmosphere for the parade of 120 handmade lanterns made by children from first schools in Amble, Warkworth, Widdrington, Acklington, Red Row and Broomhill.

Amble Christmas Lights Committee had done their usual sterling job with the beautiful lights along Queen Street. Local businesses and groups excelled themselves with festive floats. Others donated time, money and even a Christmas tree for the town.

Earlier in the day, shops along Queen St provided fun and activities, including Santa who spent the afternoon with a queue of youngsters. There were crafts in St Cuthbert’s church hall, an angel display in the church and a children’s funfair and calypso band in the Town Square.

“Thank you to everyone who helped,” said organiser Elaine Brown. “Thanks to the numerous individuals for their tireless and much appreciated efforts, and to the hundreds of families who helped make this such a fantastic occasion.”

Organising groups: Amble Town Council Events Committee, Amble Christmas Lights, Amble Development Trust, Amble Business Club. Lanterns by Elaine Porter.

Here’s a selection of images from throughout the day : 

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