Alnwick Christmas Lights
Friday 8th December

Alnwick Christmas Lights Switch On 2023

5,4,3,2,1…hooray, the crowd cheer as the Alnwick Christmas tree and thousands of individual lamps light up!

Part of our team, along with hundreds of others, went to the Alnwick Town square a few weeks ago to watch the annual Christmas light switch on.  We watched in awe; after six months of planning and installing, the lights finally get to dazzle everyone in preparation for the festive season.

Alnwick Christmas Lights Committee

The Alnwick Christmas Lights Committee has been setting up decorations for over 30 years.  It is made up of willing volunteers from the local community. The switching on of the lights is an important moment, not only for the residents but also for Warren Access.

This year not only marks 30 years of Warren Access, but also 30 years of working alongside Christmas Lights Committee.  We provide free truck-mounted platform hire and IPAF training for all of the volunteers.

In April, Derek Warren received a civic award for his 30 years of service. It was awarded by the Mayor of Alnwick in recognition of his continued support towards Alnwick Christmas Lights Committee.

In memory of Derek Warren

30 years ago, Derek started Warren Access in the North East and immediately began supporting the Northumberland town’s Christmas missions.  This year feels more important than before, as it will be our first without Derek here to celebrate with us. Sadly, Derek passed away in August this year and is extremely missed by so many.

The act of selfless commitment to others continues to this day, with Graeme and Michelle Warren leading the Warren Access team.

The flicking of a switch may seem like such a simple act, but the effort leading up to that moment is huge. It is supported by so many amazing people year after year.  We can’t wait to help and continue doing this for many more years to come by carrying on the journey Derek Warren started 30 years ago.

Our journey together

We have also included a picture from many years ago, one of our first trucks helping the committee in 1993.


Click here to see Alnwick Town Council’s article and many photos from the evening!