The stars of the show at the Lancaster Christmas Lights Switch-on were X Factor stars Matt Cardle and Paul Akister – who shared a moment together on stage.
Cardle, the 2010 X Factor winner, introduced Lancaster’s own singing star and gave him a ringing endorsement.
After Matt ended his set, he told the thousands packed into Market Square that Akister’s elimination from the TV talent show two weeks ago had been “an absolute travesty”.
The two singers shook hands as Paul walked onto stage to a thunderous reaction.
The Lancastrian then launched into a powerful set of songs including ‘Ghost’, ‘Let’s Get It On’ and ‘Stay With Me’ as fans clapped and sang along.
For more on the Lancaster Christmas Lights Switch-on, which also saw performances from Kingsland Road, Gabz, Kitty Brucknell, Black Lace, Amy Jo Clough, Fuse, Geoff Mull and many more, keep an eye on the Guardian and Visitor websites, and check out our newspapers this week.