I had the pleasure yesterday of hosting the Christmas Lights Switch On at Golden Square in Warrington, an event I last hosted back in 2009. It’s always really good fun down there in the Old Market Square and the crowds never fail to make a lot of noise! This year we were lucky enough to feature the new kit launch for Warrington Wolves, have performances from Britain’s Got Talent finalists Misstasia, A2AA, the cast of the Parr Hall panto, Dick Whittington, Santa (yes, the *actual* Santa himself!) and our star guest, Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble!
The stage show all kicked off at 6pm and positively rocketed through until the big switch on at 7pm. All of our acts were lovely (I must say I certainly had a soft spot for Misstasia!) and really got the crowd going. Santa invited 10 lucky competition winners up on stage and gave them all gifts before he and I had a nice bit of banter between us.
Then, with the switch on fast approaching, our headliner, Justin came onto stage and started entertaining the 3,500 strong audience. His brand of comedy made him the perfect choice for this event and he had everyone there in the palm of his hand. Incidentally, he was a thoroughly lovely bloke off stage, too. Very chatty, polite and just an ‘everyday’ kind of guy. Brilliant.
So after the lights went on and we had had a mass sing-a-long to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer I was straight back into my car and on the M6 driving back down to Bury St Edmunds where I’m currently in rehearsals for panto. Next week I get to be part of the Bury Christmas Lights switch on but only as part of the panto company and not hosting the whole thing – much less pressure!!