Christmas lights switch on

Christmas lights switch on
Thursday, November 17, 2016

On screen singing starlet Chloe Castro is set to push the button to turn on Sunderland city centre’s Christmas lights alongside a host of other stars and entertainers.

The switch on event, in Keel Square, Sunderland city centre, kicks off at 5.00pm on Thursday November 17. The event is being hosted by Sun FM radio presenting duo Simon and Danii. Other entertainment includes performances by Hetton Lyons Primary School Choir, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School Choir and ‘Genfactor’ winner Chloe Robson.

Organised by Sunderland Live and sponsored by Naughton Solicitors, the event is expected to draw hundreds of spectators to the award winning public square.

Faye Tozer, who shot to fame as part of pop sensations ‘Steps’ in the late 1990s, and Amy Leigh Hickman, best known for her role in CBBC shows Tracey beaker Returns and the Dumping Ground, will be interviewed live on stage during the build-up.

The switch on event will conclude with a fireworks display. During the fireworks display St Mary’s Way will be closed in both directions. Diversions will also be in place for the duration of the event in the west bound direction only.

Free parking is available after 3pm in the nearby St Mary’s car park. Livingstone Road Car Park will be closed all day on November 17.

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Did you know?

L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.

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