On Thursday, 3rd of December, over fifty people crowded around the Greenside war memorial to witness the much-anticipated turning on of the Christmas tree lights.
Children from Greenside Primary School were there to sing carols on this memorable night, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Starry Night and O Come All Ye Faithful. Furthermore, Ryton Lions were there to present a well-disguised Santa. The Mayor of Gateshead was also there, with his wife, who read out a festive poem, to turn on the lights on the giant Christmas tree.
Father Christmas handed out sweets to the lucky crowd, after arriving on his brightly-lit sleigh, with Christmas music booming out for all to hear.
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and residents, enough money was raised to provide lights and decorations for both Crawcrook and Greenside. These fundraising activities included events such as the Crawcrook fair and collection boxes were dotted around the area in shops and churches.
Our lucky journalists had the opportunity to meet the mayor (Alex Geddes) and his lovely wife, both of whom chatted to the Thorp students about their writing, and pleased the students had braved the weather to attend.
The four students all enjoyed the event in spite of the cold and rain as it was so festive and the tree looked so lovely all lit up for the residents of Greenside to enjoy.
Article by Lucas Kennington, Kirsty Wray, Eva Kennington and Lizzie Dinning.