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More Christmas lights in Durham and Seaham

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10:30am 1st December 2017

Bradley Lowery will be remembered tonight at a Christmas lights switch on in Durham.

Members of the late Sunderland fan's family will turn on the lights outside County Hall this afternoon.

He lost his fight with cancer earlier this year and tonight some of his cousins will honour his memory.

Lasey, Jorja, Bradley and Harley Jay

Jorja, Lasey and Harley Jay Stonebank and their family will be outside County Hall for 4pm.

They're the cousins of Bradley who touched people's hearts with his cheeky smile.

8 year old Jorja, 7 year-old Lasey and Harley Jay who is 6, are set to honour his memory when they switch on the Christmas tree lights.

The children, who will be joined by Durham County Council's Chairman Cllr Bill Kellett, will also flick the switch on illuminated reindeers situated next to the tree and on the roundabout at County Hall.

Other reindeer, on the Gilesgate and North Road roundabouts, were switched on last week as part of the Christmas light switch on in Durham City.

Jorja and Lasey's dad, David Stonebank, said:

"The children are so excited to be turning on the Christmas lights in Bradley's honour. They haven't stopped talking about it since I told them. They love and miss Bradley so much, and can't wait for the big switch on."

Kelly Richardson, Harley Jay's mum, added: "When I told Harley Jay he was turning the Christmas lights on at County Hall with Jorja and Lasey, he kept jumping up and down with excitement and he asked why."

"I explained that Bradley did it last year, and this year his cousins are doing it in memory of him. He replied he wishes Bradley was here to do it. I know Bradley will be watching over all his cousins and he will be very proud of them."

Cllr Kellett said: "Bradley was such an inspiring boy and I know he really enjoyed turning the Christmas lights on last year. Wherever he went, he made everyone smile. This year I'm happy to be switching the Christmas lights on with his cousins in his memory."

Bradley's family is using his foundation to help and support other families across the region.

To support the Bradley Lowery Foundation, visit the Just Giving page

Later this evening Seaham will also get the festive feel about 6pm.

The annual parade goes from the Tommy statue on the seafront, to the high street, with Sun FM's very own Presenter Mark Black hosting the event.

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