Stars to come out for town’s Christ­mas lights switch-on

Accrington Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - Jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

JON MACPHER­SON

FOR­MER X Fac­tor and Bri­tain’s Got ta­lent stars will en­ter­tain the crowds at this year’s Ac­cring­ton Christ­mas lights switchon later this month.

Ryan Lawrie and Sam Lav­ery, who ap­peared on last year’s X Fac­tor se­ries, will be joined on stage by Ella Shaw and Mr Zip from Bri­tain’s Got Ta­lent, Brooke Layla from The Voice Kids and Dene Michael from 80s group Black Lace.

There will also be ap­pear­ances from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley play­ers and their mas­cot Win­stan­ley.

The town’s big Christ­mas lights switch-on is on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30, with a free live mu­sic show, fire­works, a Christ­mas craft mar­ket and carol sing­ing.

The fun will start at 5.15pm at the mu­sic stage on Broad­way with a fire­works dis­play at around 7.30pm.

Some of the shops will be open for Christ­mas shop­ping and visi­tors can also en­joy a gi­ant snow globe and Christ­mas fun­fair on Broad­way.

A Christ­mas craft mar­ket will be held in The Ball­room at Ac­cring­ton Town Hall from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

There will also be carol sing­ing, a tra­di­tional mar­ket, fes­tive face-paint­ing and chance to meet Fa­ther Christ­mas and his elves.

The event is be­ing spon­sored by Duck­worths Es­tate Agents and Ac­cring­ton & Rossendale Col­lege and or­gan­ised by Hyn­d­burn coun­cil, with ra­dio sta­tion 2BR run­ning the live stage.

Hyn­d­burn coun­cil leader Miles Parkin­son said: “At Hyn­d­burn coun­cil we are al­ways happy to sup­port events that ev­ery­one in the bor­ough can en­joy. We are com­ing up to a rather spe­cial time of year and without the spon­sor­ship by Duck­worths and Ac­cring­ton & Rossendale Col­lege events like th­ese would not go ahead.

“So, it’s great that the busi­ness and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors sup­port us fi­nan­cially.”

Jonathan Parkin­son, Di­rec­tor of Duck­worths Es­tate Agents, said: “We have a very proud and deep con­nec­tion to Ac­cring­ton and the wider Hyn­d­burn area and it is events like this which can truly show com­mu­nity co­he­sion.”

There are only 50 slots avail­able to meet Fa­ther Christ­mas. En­try costs £10 and in­cludes a Christ­mas Eve treat bag and let­ter from Fa­ther Christ­mas, a gin­ger­bread cookie and a 10-minute fes­tive ex­pe­ri­ence with Fa­ther Christ­mas and his La­p­land Elf.

To book a place call 01254 380293.

From left: Hyn­d­burn coun­cil leader Miles Parkin­son; Kimberley Ga­han of Duck­worths Es­tate Agents; Suzanne Slater of Duck­worths Es­tate Agents; Kerry Smith of Hyn­d­burn Leisure.

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