SLIDESHOW: The Lancaster Christmas Lights Switch-On with Matt Cardle and Paul Akister

The Lancaster Christmas Lights Switch-On was a memorable day and one of the biggest events in the city in years.

Monday, 24th November 2014, 10:40 am
The Big Lancaster Christmas Lights Switch On performed by Father Christmas and Robert Martin from Galgate

Thousands crammed into Market Square to watch performances from a who’s who of pop music including X Factor stars Matt Cardle and Paul Akister.

Other acts on stage included Fuse, Amy Jo Clough, Black Lace, Kitty Brucknell, Kingsland Road, Mr Zip and Gabz.

Father Christmas switched on the lights at 5.30pm with help from seven-year-old Robert Martin of Galgate, the first child past the post in the Santa Dash for Cancer Care held earlier in the day.

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The Big Lancaster Christmas Lights Switch On performed by Father Christmas and Robert Martin from Galgate

The Bay radio did a sterling job organising the event alongside Lancaster Unlimited, the city’s Business Improvement District (BID).

The Study Room pub later hosted an after-party with music from Stuart Michaels and ‘Play Your Cards Right’ with The Bay’s Danny Matthews.

Kevin McGuinness took the photos and Stuart Bannerman compiled the slideshow.