A SINGING Christmas tree got Stockton Sparkles off to a spectacular start last night, with a whole host of festive fun still to come.
A 60-strong choir, backed by the Wildcats of Kilkenny, took to the tree to belt out a series of Christmas classics in the build-up to the big lights switch-on.
The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ken Dixon, and Mayoress Linda Dixon joined Santa to turn on the lights.
The Mayor said: “It was an absolute pleasure to push the button and make Stockton sparkle, and it was especially nice to see so many families in town enjoying themselves. The singing Christmas tree made a great centrepiece for the occasion and the street theatre and brass band made it all the more special.
“This is just the start of the Stockton Sparkles though, and there’s so much more to come. We’ve got the Sparkles Christmas market here until Sunday, lots more street theatre, and a Victorian funfair and reindeer parade on their way in the weeks ahead. I’d encourage anyone to come into town to see it for themselves.”
For details of the full Stockton Sparkles programme, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/stocktonsparkles