Bright lights shine in Old Town for Christmas

Richard Mair, back centre, and Guy Smith, back right, judging the Old Town Christmas lights competition with Lindy Rowley, left, vice chairman of the Castle Ward Tenants and Residents Association, resident Hazel Wain, Janet Jefferson, chairman of the Association, and resident Rose Brophy, pictured outside Kath Duffy's Newcastle Packet pub, entered in the commercial catergory. Picture by Andrew Higgins 115124 20/12/11
Richard Mair, back centre, and Guy Smith, back right, judging the Old Town Christmas lights competition with Lindy Rowley, left, vice chairman of the Castle Ward Tenants and Residents Association, resident Hazel Wain, Janet Jefferson, chairman of the Association, and resident Rose Brophy, pictured outside Kath Duffy's Newcastle Packet pub, entered in the commercial catergory. Picture by Andrew Higgins 115124 20/12/11

WINNERS of the annual Old Town Christmas Lights competition have been announced.

Judging took place on Tuesday night when guest judges toured the areas with members of the Castle Ward Tenants and Residents Association who organise the contest.

Every year individuals, families and businesses are encouraged to create stunning Christmas displays and get into the festive spirit.

Janet Jefferson, the group chairman, said she wanted to thank everybody who took part and the entries had been of a very high standard. She said: “There wasn’t as many entries but they were good.”

The winners included:

l Janet Whitaker, of St Mary’s Street, won a prize for the best lit house

l Carol Dolan of Aberdeen Street, Brian Davis of St Mary’s Walk and Beverley Senturk of Cook’s Row were the three joint winners for the best window

l Boats Celtic Prince, Mary Kelly, Martina and Shannon were all commended in the harbour section as well as several local businesses.

Mrs Jefferson said they would be meeting the New Year to discuss how the competition could be improved for next year to try and encourage more entries.

She said: “Probably the best way would be to go back to going around the area to see what we think. We enjoyed the judging it was a lovely night.”