Rotherham town centre will be given a touch of the X Factor and a sprinkle pantomime magic for its annual Christmas Lights Switch-on event.
Previous X Factor finalists, Rough Copy will take to the stage to entertain the crowds with live musical performances on Thursday 12th November in All Saints’ Square.
The party starts at 4.30pm, hosted by Rother FM, bringing live music and lots of festive fun to the town centre, and of course, the exciting countdown to the big Christmas Lights Switch-on.
Rough Copy, a boy band from Croydon, reached the final stages of the 2013 X Factor competition, under the wing of Gary Barlow and will take to the stage at approximately 5.30pm.
Singer-songwriter Larissa Eddie, who has recently supported Lionel Richie, will be entertaining the crowds from 5.15pm and Nichola Marie as Lady Gaga, a 2012 X Factor contestant will be on stage at 4.35pm.
Also, the cast from this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, at Rotherham Civic Theatre, will be on stage, so look out for Prince Charming, The Ugly Sisters and of course Cinders!
At 6pm the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Maggi Clark, and her husband and Consort, Peter Clark, along with family members, will press the magic button to light up the town for the festive season.
The Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy, Denise Lelliott said: ‘What a fantastic family event the lights switch-on is, with lots of fun and entertainment and of course seeing the town lit up ready for Christmas.
“It is such a well-loved event and with the added excitement of such great entertainment, I am sure the evening will be enjoyed by all.”
The event is supported throughout the day with a market along Effingham Street from 10am until 7pm and children’s rides.
Parking is free from 4.30pm in all Council-owned car parks and on-street parking bays. Maximum stay still applies.