Reach for the stars

’90s stars S Club, 911 and Livin’ Joy head lights switch-on – with fire­works

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CHRIST­MAS is on its way and South­port BID has an­nounced a huge lineup for this month’s big switchon event on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18.

Fol­low­ing on the suc­cess of last year’s ’90s line-up, the team at the Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District said that this year’s headliners will be three of the big­gest bands of the late 1990s.

This year South­port’s Christ­mas lights will be turned on by none other than S Club, backed by huge boy band and house mu­sic leg­ends Livin’ Joy.

Headliners S Club – Jo, Bradley and Tina – were one of the big­gest bands of the late ’90s and early 00s.

With a huge cat­a­logue of hits in­clud­ing Don’t Stop Mov­ing and Reach through to Never Had A Dream Come True, the band have en­joyed huge chart suc­cesses world­wide.

Boy­band 911, known for hits such as More Than A Wo­man and Don’t Make Me Wait, en­joyed huge suc­cess and re­formed for ITV’s The Big Re­union and are back tak­ing on the pop world.

Com­plet­ing the stel­lar retro line-up is clas­sic house giant Livin’ Joy fea­tur­ing Luzahnn, per­form­ing hits such as Dreamer and Don’t Stop Movin’.

Vis­i­tors can ex­pect a full day of en­ter­tain­ment be­fore the main show, with fair­ground rides, Santa and his rein­deer and plenty of pop-up street en­ter­tain­ment around town.

The stage show will start at 2.15pm with the StarKidz Christ­mas Show and per­for­mances through­out the af­ter­noon from STA Dance Academy and two panto sets.

Lo­cal singer Astrid, the eightyear-old star of Team Will.I.am on ITV’s Voice Kids, will also be wow­ing af­ter­noon au­di­ences with her jazz vo­cals.

Chil­dren’s headliners are the hi­lar­i­ous Cook & Line from CBee­bies’ Swash­buckle.

Aimed at chil­dren aged two to seven, Swash­buckle takes the form of a pi­rate game show pit­ting chil­dren against the “naughty” pi­rates Cook, Line & Cap­tain Sinker.

Cook and Line will be de­liv­er­ing a hi­lar­i­ous show per­fect for grown-ups and lit­tle ones alike.

This year’s pre­sen­ter will be star of Love Is­land Scott Thomas, and the event will cul­mi­nate in the switch­ing on of the new fea­ture tree South­port BID has in­vested in, and their town cen­tre-wide lights.

As an added sur­prise a fire­work dis­play set to Christ­mas mu­sic from the Bri­tish Mu­si­cal Fire­work Cham­pi­onships Sirotech­nics will burst from the roof of The Atkin­son.

Hugh Evans of South­port BID said: “2017’s switch-on was a huge suc­cess with over 45,000 peo­ple in town through­out the course of the day, and a crowd of over 4,500 for the switch-on mo­ment.

“It was a spec­tac­u­lar day and we want to make it even bet­ter with even more su­perb sur­prises and our most im­pres­sive line-up yet.

“The fire­works will be a stun­ning dis­play and we are ex­cited our stun­ning new tree (is) the cen­tre­piece to it all.”

The en­ter­tain­ment be­gins at 1pm on Lord Street with the lights be­ing turned on at 5.30pm.

For de­tails, run­ning or­der and line-up an­nounce­ments fol­low South­port BID on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

YOUNG peo­ple from a Boo­tle-based per­form­ing arts group de­liv­ered an in­spir­ing per­for­mance as part of the town’s 150th cel­e­bra­tions.Part of a week-long pro­gramme of events tak­ing place in Boo­tle’s Town Hall, Boo­tle to Broad­way – It’s Com­ing Home took the au­di­ence on a jour­ney through time, mark­ing im­por­tant events in the town’s his­tory.Part of Mersey­side Youth As­so­ci­a­tion (MYA), Sefton Per­form­ing Arts and Cre­ative Ed­u­ca­tion (Space), is the only youth arts cen­tre in Sefton.The project’s youth arts de­vel­op­ment man­ager, Kerry Gardzielewska said: “We were de­lighted to be in­vited to take part in the cel­e­bra­tions.“The 36 young peo­ple have worked in­cred­i­bly hard in re­hearsals over re­cent months, and this paid off.“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of their per­for­mances, which fea­tured orig­i­nal mu­sic, scripts and dance rou­tines.”

S Club – Jo, Bradley and Tina

Love Is­land’s Scott Thomas and boy­band 911

Pics: DAVE BROWN­LEE

Above and top, mem­bers of SPACE per­form at Boo­tle town hall

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