Duchess adds a touch of sparkle at Alnwick Christmas Lights switch on

The Duchess of Northumberland switched on a new winter light show - Sparkle Two - at Alnwick Garden

Alnwick Garden Sparkle Two
Alnwick Garden Sparkle Two

The Duchess of Northumberland switched on a new winter light show at her county tourist attraction.

The duchess was at the Alnwick Garden for the unveiling of phase two of Sparkle, its permanent lighting installation.

Last winter, phase one created by UK lighting specialist, Marl, saw the attraction’s hornbeam tunnels fitted with a state-of-the-art lighting system, illuminating the dark evenings.

This year, the second phase - Sparkle Two, was designed by Chris Thornton, the man behind the lights at Sloane Square in Chelsea, London.

It has turned even more of the attraction into a stunning spectacle of light and colour.


Friends, sponsors and donors of the garden joined the duchess for the unveiling of phase two.

She said: “Sparkle Two is the latest instalment of our winter lighting project.

“Every year when I was in London around Christmas time I would gaze at the lighting in Chelsea around Sloane Street and Sloane Square and think how beautiful they were.

“I contacted the designer and asked him to do something similar in The Alnwick Garden and the result is spectacular.

“With our Christmas Market beginning at the weekend our visitors will now have a really magical Christmas and winter experience.”

Sparkle Two opens to the public on Sunday and can be viewed until January 5, from 4pm to 7pm daily.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper was back in the city last night to switch on its Christmas lights.

A crowd of hundreds gathered near Grey’s Monument for an hour of entertainment which culminated in Harper turning on the lights.

The keeper, now at Hull City, was assisted by girl group Scarlet Street, who had performed a mix of festive and pop songs for the masses, as well as event comperes Bodg, Matt and JoJo from Capital FM.


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