St George’s Church lights up for first time in 130 Years
St George’s in Jesmond will no longer “disappear” at night, as the church will be illuminated from this evening (Thursday 7th December) for the first time in 130 years.
The Grade I listed building is being lit as part of a project funded by the Watson Family Charitable Trust. The event will be marked by a short thanksgiving ceremony led by Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman and Reverend Canon Brian Hurst, before the church lighting and fireworks display take place.
Pupils from Percy Hedley College in Jesmond will be at the service to sign Christmas carols for the deaf. After the service they will turn on the lights of the church’s 30ft Christmas tree, also donated by the Watson Family Charitable Trust.
“As a neighbour of the church it has always struck me as wrong that such a beautiful building in the middle of the community can disappear when darkness falls,” says the Trust’s Ian Watson. “I’m delighted that we have been able to gift this lighting, so the community of Jesmond and the local area can enjoy our wonderful building in darkness as well as in daylight hours.”
The thanksgiving service begins at 6pm, with the church being lit up at 6.30pm. The event is open for the whole community to attend, and Lord Mayor Linda Wright will be in attendance.
The lighting is not just for Christmas, but will become a permanent feature at St George’s Church.