Former Coronation Street star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Bruce Jones will kickstart the festive season in Ormskirk when he helps switch on the Christmas lights on Friday 29 November.
Bruce played loveable rogue Les Battersby in the hit soap and was on television again over the summer when he appeared in Celebrity Big Brother. Now he is aiming for a Christmas number one having teamed up with Black Lace’s Dene Michael to record ‘Sing out for Christmas.’ Bruce will perform his Christmas song and help make sure everyone gets into the party spirit for the big night.
Disney favourites Mickey & Minnie Mouse together with Fireman Sam will be paying a special visit which is certain to be an exciting addition to the festive celebrations as they mix and mingle throughout the town centre meeting and greeting everyone.
The amazing and ever popular ‘Fun Steve’ will be entertaining the crowd with a variety of entertainment to suit all ages to include audience participation games and model ballooning.
Local street performers Base Dance will wow the crowd with their innovative routines. Ormskirk Ukulele Club will follow, performing a medley of Christmas favourites and other popular songs. Everyone loves the fun of the fair; Silcock’s amusements will be providing small kiddies’ rides for the children to enjoy.
The Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Iain Ashcroft, will give a Christmas address as part of the Carol Service which starts at 6pm, conducted by the Reverend Chris Jones and fellow clergy colleagues with music accompaniment by Friends in Unison and Skelmersdale Prize Brass Band. Then Councillor Ashcroft and Bruce turn Ormskirk into a blaze of colour as the Christmas illuminations bring sparkle to the town centre when they are switched on at 6.30pm. After the switch on, Santa’s Showtime will continue the Christmas atmosphere with an entertaining show and finale.
Also on Friday 29 November, a two-day Christmas market begins at the Chapel Gallery. Stalls open at midday and from 6pm families can enjoy live music, fun activities and a fantastic festive atmosphere. There will be fancy dress competitions for those aged under and over 12 years. On Saturday 30 November stalls will be open from 10am to 4pm.
Skelmersdale’s Christmas lights switch-on celebrations will take place on Saturday 16 November. X-Factor contestant Steph Woods will sing to the crowds while Sid & Scrat from Ice Age will also be visiting to help Santa switch on the Concourse Christmas lights.
The Concourse Shopping Centre is hosting and organising the extravaganza, supported by West Lancashire Borough Council.
The Mayor will commence the festive fun which begins at 4pm and children and adults alike will love meeting Santa, his helpers and his real reindeer who will be calling into the Concourse. Street Dance performance groups Base Dance and Street Stars will also be entertaining the crowds along with other seasonal entertainers and acrobats.
Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Bruce and Steph will help make sure these Christmas celebrations are a huge success, and there are plenty of other attractions to enjoy. It is all free so I hope as many people as possible will join in the festivities.”