TWO talented local youngsters have seen their designs go on display in the town centre as part of Darlington’s Christmas Window competition.
Ten-year-old Katie Bowser (she was nine at the time of the competition) designed a book inspired entry that is now on display in one of the main library windows. Her design was inspired by “The Night I Met Father Christmas” by Ben Miller. The Nutcracker formed the festive inspiration for ten-year-old Olivia Guy’s design which is now on display in the Hippodrome.
The youngsters’ creations will now form part of the town’s first ever Christmas Window Walk. The Walk has been put together by the Council’s events team. They worked with local artist Yvonne Preston to put together a series of festive window displays throughout the centre.
The nineteen designs, in windows high and low across the town, are in silhouette form and come alive after dark.
The windows form part of a Windows Walk map that town centre visitors can download. If they wish, they can take part in a competition by answering the questions posed at each window. The competition is open until 10 January.
Town centre businesses have also got into the festive spirit with their own Christmas displays helping to add to the festive splendour of the town centre.
Visitors to the #LoveDarlo Facebook page will also have the chance to win prizes every day in the Twelve Days of Christmas competition. Youngsters can also enjoy Christmas online fun with Darlington Libraries and Head of Steam railway museum is offering crafting fun every Friday on their Facebook page.
To add to the festive atmosphere provided by the lights and tree, street entertainers will be moving around the town centre every weekend spreading some Christmas cheer.
Councillor Alan Marshall, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, said:
“Due to the pandemic, most people will be celebrating Christmas in a different way as we all try to stay safe and follow the latest guidelines.
“That said, it is wonderful to see the town looking festive and to see so many of our local retailers getting involved and dressing up their windows, they look fabulous.
“Working within safety measures, our town centre team has put together a range of events and activities that will help to encourage people to walk around the town, take in the lights, enjoy the street theatre and enjoy the fantastic window displays that the traders have put together as well as the Window Walk. Who knows, there may be one or two extra “n-Ice” surprises for people as well.
“The online competitions on LoveDarlo will ensure that those who choose to stay at home can still enjoy the Christmas fun and even win a prize.”
Town centre council-run car parks and on-street car parking offers of two hours free parking will continue. Car park users will need to get a ticket from the machine to take advantage of the offer regardless or not if they are paying for additional hours.
Regular town centre updates will feature on the #LoveDarlo Facebook page.
Find out more and download the walk and map HERE.