Barrie Grunewald: Let there be lights!

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Bonfire night may be out of the way, but we’ll be lighting up the skies again this month when our Christmas lights are switched on by a galaxy of local and national stars!

On Saturday 14 November our spectacular Christmas Lights Switch on Party - in association with Radio City and supported by O2 – will see X Factor Finalists Alien Uncovered, Entity Allstars from Britain’s Got Talent and singer-songwriter Calum Scott performing in Victoria Square.

There will also be appearances by Emmerdale's Michael Parr - AKA Ross Barton - Saints stars Alex Walmsley and Tommy Makinson, and local boxing world title challenger, Martin Murray.

We’re also hoping to announce extra big name acts shortly!

It promises to be a real cracker, with lots of fantastic music on offer, as well as local guest stars taking part in question and answer sessions.

And don’t forget we’ll be creating that festive feeling around the borough too, with local lights switch-ons in no less than 13 different districts.

We’re supporting a new national campaign aimed at improving breastfeeding rates.

Start4Life – organised by Public Health England – launched this week and encourages more new mothers to breastfeed - and for longer. The campaign will be highlighted through digital display advertising, PR and social media.

The case for breastfeeding is a really powerful one. As well as the health benefits, it helps mums and babies get closer – physically and emotionally – and during feeding that bond continues to grow.

For a full list of baby-friendly premises in St Helens call 0300 300 0103 or go to

And finally a warning to be on your guard when using ATM machines in and around the town centre.

Merseyside Police are urging people to be extra vigilant after reports were received of thefts in the area.

An offender is believed to have distracted victims who have been withdrawing cash, before stealing cash cards, which have been used to withdraw money from accounts.

The incidents occurred between Saturday, 31 October and Tuesday, 3 November in the Church Street


Any suspicious activity around ATM machines should be reported immediately - speak to officers in the area, call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.