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Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch-On Headline Acts Announced

Aston Merrygold

British singer, dancer and television personality, Aston Merrygold will headline Carlisle’s Christmas Lights Switch-On event on Sunday 18 November.

A former member of the British Boy Band JLS – runners up on the fifth series of The X Factor – Aston has had success in both music and television, most recently appearing in the 2017 line up of Strictly Come Dancing. He has recently visited Carlisle as part of the Rip It Up… The 60s! nation-wide tour which also starred Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry Judd and Louis Smith.

On the build up to Aston’s performance, the celebrity line-up with include the DMU Gospel Choir: semi-finalists in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent 2018 and Finalists in Gareth Malone’s The Choir: Gareth’s Best of Britain.

DMU Gospel Choir

Local dance groups and school choirs will join celebrity acts at this year’s event, hosted by sought-after musical comedian Jonny Awsum.

The Christmas Lights Switch-On event will also be a showcase of local community groups and performers including Belle Vue Primary School, Razzamataz and Carlisle Dance Academy.

The star-studded Christmas Lights Switch On stage will be in place in the city centre pedestrianised area, outside the Old Town Hall, between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Organised by Carlisle City Council, it will provide a packed family entertainment programme, to suit all ages.

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Jessica Riddle will trigger a galaxy of brand new Christmas lights in the city centre at 5pm. The Christmas Lights Switch-On is part of Carlisle’s countdown to Christmas.

Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr Colin Glover, said: “Preparations are well underway for our Christmas Lights Switch-On event. The event itself will also provide another boost to the economy and will draw thousands of people to the city centre.”

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