The countdown to Christmas has officially begun after the switching on of South Tyneside's festive lighting.
The festive season got underway in Hebburn this week when the community came together at Fountains Park to see the town's sparkling Christmas light display. Crowds were treated to festive music from St Aloysius RC Primary School choir and a brass quartet.
The event followed the switch on of Jarrow's Christmas lights where children from St Bede's RC Primary School choir and St Oswald's Ozzie Owls Wrap Around Care Group performed some festive favourites.
90s pop group, East 17, had joined the Mayor and Mayoress for the South Shields event, which also featured characters from The Customs House panto, Snow Whiteand a performance from the talented Choirmaster group.
The Mayor said: "Our light switch-on events in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn town centres have been fantastic and it's been great to see so many people join in with the festivities. The carols and music from our very talented schoolchildren have really helped in spreading Christmas cheer among the crowds.
"Christmas in South Tyneside is an extremely exciting time of year and there is still so much to do and see in the Borough throughout the festive season."
The switch-on events form part of South Tyneside's Christmas Wonderland programme which is being delivered by South Tyneside Council in partnership with BBC Newcastle and with support from Colmans Seafood Temple and Colmans Fish & Chips.