THE West Wylam shopping precinct was lit up with Christmas festivities in memory of a local schoolgirl who died of cancer.

Members of the Prudhoe community came together to turn on the area's new Christmas lights.

There were also stalls and schoolchildren singing at the event.

The lights were switched on by Katie Rudsdale and Jessica and Jack Burn in memory of former Highfield Middle School pupil Emily Rudsdale who died after a brave battle with an extremely rare form of cancer in October 2020.

"A big thank you to Adderlane Academy for their Christmas carol presentation, Sure Start for the activities and Prudhoe Town Council for providing the lights", said Prudhoe Town Councillor Jane Johnson.

Northumberland County Councillor Gordon Stewart added: "I was delighted to see so many local people attending this event and clearly looking forward to a great Christmas.

"Santa and his friends from Cycling Without Age Prudhoe were a huge hit."

Strong winds brought by Storm Arwen put paid to Prudhoe Town Council and Prudhoe Community Partnership's Prudhoe's Light-up to Christmas event on November 26.

The town's lights were still switched on but in a scaled down format with the planned Santa's grotto, food and crafts stalls and entertainment all pulled.