Amble Torchlight Procession: the best yet
Organisers of the annual torchlight procession called this year’s event ‘the best yet’, after thousands of people turned out to take part and witness the parade and Christmas lights switch-on.
Amble Events Committee organiser Julia Aston said, “It went extremely well. There was a lot of support from those who participated, and the community who turned out on a really cold night.
“It was the best yet. Thank you to everyone, but a special thank you to Sarah (Dunne) who stepped in relatively late to organise the lantern workshops, which were really popular.”
Stalls, street food and children’s amusements were in the town square, while Santa dropped in to the Seafood Centre to meet some of the children. Carols were sung under the tree in the Queen Street garden and then Good Young Citizen Joe Denny switched on the Christmas lights.
This year saw several new groups take part in the procession, all joining in the pantomime-themed festive spirit. Amble Coastal Rowing Club had even transformed their skiff into Captain Hook’s pirate galleon – a triumph. Well done people! Scores of beautiful handmade lanterns were carried by children and parents, while pantomime and assorted characters danced and paraded down the street.
Local band The Range ended the procession on their ‘coke wagon’ and carried on rocking out Christmas songs right around town.
In the square, the community were entertained by Warkworth Drama Group’s ‘Camelot the Panto’ troupe, tribal dancing from Tribe Zuza, partying from Radcliffe Club’s characters, and Bart’s Christmas singalong.
“The Torchlight Procession is one of everybody’s favourite events, it puts a smile on everyone’s face,” said Julia. “We hope to see you all again next year.”