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County Durham schoolchildren help light up their town for Christmas

22 November 2017

Schoolchildren from across County Durham are being invited to help Bishop Auckland shine brighter this festive season.

The Auckland Project has distributed 4,000 lantern kits to 30 schools in Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor, Shildon, Coundon, and Willington, encouraging students to decorate them for Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Light Switch-on, on Friday, December 1.

The event, organised by Bishop Auckland Town Council has a theme of ‘1,000 Christmas Lights,’ with visitors invited to bring their own torches, lamps and lanterns to fill the Market Place. 

To help bring this about, The Auckland Project has been working with nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools from across the area, distributing specially designed lantern kits, for students to build, decorate and bring along.

The lanterns represent the history of Auckland Castle, the Deer Park and the forthcoming Faith Museum, which all form part of The Auckland Project’s plans to create a world-class visitor attraction in Bishop Auckland.

To link with the lantern’s themes, the schools also received an activity pack offering students the opportunity to have a go at creating pine-cone reindeers, learn about Medieval Christmases and explore celebrations of light in different faiths.

For more information about how to get involved with The Auckland Project click here.

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