NHS heroes to be celebrated at Hartlepool Christmas Light Switch-On

Published Thursday, 2nd December 2021

A group of inspirational NHS heroes who helped in the fight against COVID-19 will have the honour of turning on Hartlepool’s Christmas lights in an evening filled with festive entertainment.

The free family event takes place on Friday 3rd December from 5pm to 6.45pm in Church Square, outside Hartlepool Art Gallery.

A selection of the town’s incredible NHS heroes have been invited to press the button at 6.30pm in acknowledgement of the amazing work they and all their colleagues have done during the pandemic. They will launch a dazzling light show which will see Hartlepool Art Gallery illuminated to music.

Christmas lights

One of the nurses, Dot from Hart Medical Practice, has delivered over 2,500 jabs from the vaccination site at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, as well as in care homes across the borough. 

Councillor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “It’s an honour to be joined at our Christmas Light Switch-On by some of the town’s most heroic and selfless people who have worked tirelessly through an incredibly difficult year and are continuing to work to deliver the town’s vaccination programme.

“I hope people will join us to celebrate them and their colleagues and see us light up the town in spectacular fashion.”

There will be performances by local music acts, including the cast of Cinderella, which opens at Hartlepool Borough Hall on 13th December.

The on-stage compere for the evening will be BBC Tees presenter Gary Philipson.

Following the switch-on itself there will be a seven-minute light show, choreographed by Daniel Brobbel of Artistic Solutions, which will see Hartlepool Art Gallery illuminated in a dazzling display.

Car parking can be found on Church Street and at the Transport Interchange, or at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

If you are planning to come along you are encouraged to take a lateral flow test before attending, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to consider wearing a face mask to protect yourself and others.

For full details of the Christmas Light Switch-On performance timings, click here.