FORMER Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle has been announced as the headline act at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On.
Nadine, now a singer-songwriter will perform a collection of her own songs at the event in Victoria Square on Saturday.
Council Leader Barrie Grunewald said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to, once again, acquire a big-name artist like Nadine for our Christmas lights switch on celebration.
“This year’s Christmas lights switch on promises to be a cracker, with lots of fantastic music acts on offer, as well as great local guest stars giving question and answer sessions.
“So get down to Victoria Square and celebrate the countdown to Christmas in style, with lots of fun to be had for all the family to enjoy.”
This year’s show, in association with Radio City and supported by O2, will also see X Factor Finalists, Alien Uncovered, Britain’s Got Talent finalists Entity Allstars and singer-songwriter Calum Scott perform.
There will also be appearances from Emmerdale’s TV star and Inside Soap best actor winner, Michael Parr (Ross Barton), St Helens Rugby League stars Alex Walmsley and Tommy Makinson, Tyrers Department Store Father Christmas, and local boxing world title challenger, Martin Murray.
The Ambition Band will kick the event off and will feature performances from the very best of local and regional talent including the Pride of St Helens Musician of the Year, Lydia Higham, Aimee Critchly, Daisy Hatton and Eclectica.
St Teresa Primary School Choir, Garswood Primary School Choir, Charlotte Shepherd, Phoenix Youth Theatre, Harrison Langham, Rainhill High School Singers and St Helens’ very own Stillia wil lalso perform.
Visitors are being urged to arrive at the event in plenty of time before it gets underway at 4pm and to contact Merseytravel Traveline on 0151 236 7676 or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk for up-to-date public transport enquiries
The Christmas events programme continues on November 28 with the arrival of Tyrers Father Christmas at their grotto in their department store.
On December 5 the hugely popular Santa Dash, organised by the Steve Prescott Foundation and Willowbrook Hospice, returns to the town centre plus St Mary’s Market will feature their Christmas Lights Switch On.
Real reindeer arrive in Church Square on December 12.
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