Russell Switch-on

Tenor Russell Watson will be switching on Lytham's Christmas lights on November 17, 2012.
Tenor Russell Watson will be switching on Lytham's Christmas lights on November 17, 2012.
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A STELLAR line-up has been announced for this year’s Lytham lights switch-on in what is set to be the town’s best Christmas party yet.

Last year’s Fylde’s Got Talent winner Kurtis Reid will kick off the afternoon of entertainment, with the Lytham Community Choir, Freckleton Brass Band, X Factor and Big Brother star Stephanie McMichael, boy band Juice, local vocalist Peter Antony and party band The Love Rats performing, before the big switch-on by world-renowned opera singer Russell Watson.

The man dubbed the People’s Tenor and The Voice will be switching on the Lytham Christmas Lights on Saturday, November 17.

It will be his first visit to the town, before he returns in 2013 as the headline act for the classical night at Lytham Proms.

Also making an appearance on stage to celebrate the big switch-on will be Team GB Silver Medallist Shelly Woods.

The entertainment starts at 2pm, with the lights being switched on at 4.30pm, and the event draws to a close at 5.30pm.

The switch-on is being organised by Lytham Business Partnership in association with Cuffe and Taylor, organisers of the Lytham Proms.

Cuffe and Taylor will install a mobile stage, sound system and lights to ensure the switch-on becomes an annual community event.

Company director Peter Taylor said: “We are really pleased to be welcoming Lytham Proms Festival Weekend 2013 star Russell Watson to Lytham next week and doing the honour of switching Lytham’s Christmas lights on. Both Cuffe & Taylor and the Lytham Business Partnership have worked really hard to put together a great switch-on and we hope everyone really enjoys it.

“Having recently announced Russell Watson for next year’s Last night of the Proms we thought it would be extremely fitting if we got the man himself to switch the lights on.

“Russell is always busy, and we knew it was a long-shot, but thankfully having worked with us in the past, he was able to say yes.

“We were asked to make the event feel more traditional and involve the local community.”

Two days before the switch-on, there is the chance next Thursday to shape up in style for the festive period when Lytham Square hosts a Christmas Market.

It is a festive version of the town’s regular monthly market and for the first time will run into the evening. “The intention is to hold it from 10.30am to 9pm and there will be a wide variety of stalls,” said organiser Richard Tomlinson.