Day of great festive fun for all the family

A previous Lytham Christmas lights switch on
A previous Lytham Christmas lights switch on

Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Pack will switch on Lytham’s Christmas lights on Saturday.

The four-piece swing vocal group finished fourth, singing Feeling Good, in the ITV show’s 2014 final after topping the public vote in the semi-final with a performance of My Way. The band later signed a record deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco Music.

The band said: “‘We are delighted to be flicking the switch on Lytham’s Christmas lights. All four of us can’t wait for Saturday and we promise to deliver a fantastic performance for everyone. It’s going to be great.”

They will switch on the Lytham lights at 6pm after a full afternoon’s entertainment set to begin with a performance from local musician Jo Ashcroft at 2pm.

Students from AKS will perform extracts from their forthcoming show Bugsy Malone, while members of the cast of the Lowther Pavilion panto Cinderella, singer Peter Anthony, Britain’s Got Talent dancer Steven Hall, Rarity School of Dance and Drama, Blackpool Brass Band, The Rock Academy, Preston Musical Comedy Society, singer songwriter AJ Brown, fresh from supporting Tom Jones this summer and party band The Deadbeats, are all included on a packed bill.

The switch on will conclude with a spectacular fireworks finale.

Ahead of that, Father Christmas will parade through the streets of Lytham from 4.30pm on the RNLI Lifeboat via the major streets of the town before making his grand entrance on stage around 5.30pm. The event is organised on behalf of Lytham Business Partnership by Cuffe and Taylor, the award-winning company behind he summer Lytham Festival.

Senior event manager Joe Robinson, who hails from Lytham, said: “The switch-on event is such a great community activity, with everyone coming together to sing Christmas carols, and really get in to the festive spirit. Having had a fantastic summer during Lytham Festival I always look forward to helping spark the festive fun in my home town “

Business Partrnership spokesman Helen Vavoso added: “It will be a great afternoon and we are all looking forward to it.”

A road closure will be in place through the afternoon and delays are expected.on bus routes.