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South Tyneside packs up Christmas

Now it is the New Year, workers are getting ready to start taking down South Tyneside's festive lights displays.

Every October work gets underway to put up the Borough's Christmas illuminations to ensure they are in place in time for the big switch on events in South Tyneside's three town centres, South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn.

Then in January the lights are carefully removed and packed away ready for next Christmas and those still in place on the 'Twelfth Night' (6 January) are switched off.

With a 12 strong team of workers, the Council's street lighting partner, Balfour Beatty, will carry out a rolling programme to remove all of the Christmas trees and lighting displays and place them in storage.

Councillor Moira Smith, Leader Member for Area Management and Community Safety at South Tyneside Council, said: "Every year the Borough's festive illuminations and displays generate a lot of festive cheer across South Tyneside.

"Our colourful Christmas lights, trees and decorations throughout the Borough help to create a special magical atmosphere for both residents and visitors to enjoy during the festive period.

"It takes around four weeks to put them up and test them so it can take just as long to carefully take them down, check them over and store them away ready for next year.

She added: "Unfortunately it is not possible to take down all of the lights and decorations before the traditional 'Twelfth Night' although those still in place are switched off at this time."

"We hope residents and visitors have enjoyed our displays throughout the Borough's town centres and villages, including our Winter Wonderland lights at St Hilda's Church Gardens and our festive lights switch-on events. We look forward to next year."


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