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Friday, November 14, 2014

Have a fun family evening at the Ormskirk Christmas lights switch on - Friday 28 November

Come and enjoy an exciting evening of entertainment at the 2014 Ormskirk Christmas Lights Switch On event on Friday 28 November, when some very special guests will turn on the town’s new lights.

The fun begins about 4.30pm when popular children’s characters including Peppa Pig and Sponge Bob Square Pants will be around the Clock Tower to meet and greet everyone as people gather for this fabulous occasion.

Circus Frank and Professor Fungus, will also be in town at this time to wow the audience with their amazing magic and balloon modelling. There will also be Children’s fairground rides provided by Silcock’s amusements.

At 5.15pm superb compere Andy Jay will introduce the popular Rock Choir, who will perform popular numbers such as Viva La Vida and Something Inside So Strong. They will also be singing Christmas favourites you can join in with to get into the festive mood.

Then stunning artist Jeni Jay will then take centre stage as she pays tribute to Christina Aguilera as well as performing as Princess Elsa from the film Frozen.

Reverend Chris Jones and his fellow Clergy will lead the Carol Service at 6pm, ably assisted by Friends in Unison Choir and Skelmersdale Prize Brass Band, along with piper Don Bithall and Ormskirk Town Crier Don Evans. Councillor Deputy Mayor Rosie Evans will give a Christmas address and then at 6.30pm she will be joined by other guests to pull the switch that will make Ormskirk sparkle in the glow of its new Christmas lights.

Jeni Jay will then return to the stage to sing more songs to entertain the crowds.

As an additional attraction on the night Love Ormskirk is hosting an undercover street market in a marquee on Moor street from 1pm to 8pm where local businesses will be promoting what they have to offer. Children can post their letters to Santa Claus in a postbox there and put presents under a tree in the marquee which will be distributed to local children’s charities.

On the same day as the Ormskirk Christmas lights are switched on a fantastic Vintage and Handmade Fair will open at the Chapel Gallery, with more than 40 stalls of handmade, retro and true vintage goods. Stalls will be open from 12am to 8pm on Friday. The Vintage and Handmade Fair will continue on Saturday 29 November and Sunday 30 November, and will include demonstrations, live entertainment and plenty of free fun activities across the weekend. Stalls will be open from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Skelmersdale’s Christmas lights switch-on celebrations will take place at the Concourse Shopping Centre on Saturday 22 November, and some great guests will help to kick off the festive season in style. The Concourse Shopping Centre is hosting and organising the extravaganza, supported by West Lancashire Borough Council.

The fun kicks off at midday when the grotto officially opens, and youngsters can take their wishlist to Santa and receive an early gift. The price to get into the Grotto is £4.50 per visit per child, including gift.

Visitors to the Concourse on the day of the Christmas Lights switch on can meet Holly and Ivy, the magical Christmas fairies who live in their enchanted Christmas trees. Basher and Crasher – the cud chewin', fun lovin', hoovy groovy reindeer – will also be saying hello to shoppers.

Horace and Boris, the giant elves will be bouncing around, asking if you need to be on the naughty or nice list and to get you into the festive mood. The Concourse will also play host to the Red Hot Santas, a quintet that performs a fantastic fusion of Christmas songs in a funk, ska and calypso style.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “We can all look forward to fantastic entertainment at these exciting events as they give us a great start to the festive season, so make sure you all come along and join in the fun.”

The Concourse Shopping Centre is planning exciting events every Saturday in the run up to Christmas. For more details see posters and digital screens up in the Concourse.

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