PICTURES ADDED: St Helens Christmas lights switch on attracts thousands to Victoria Square

St Helens Star: CHRISTMAS CRACKER: St Helens Council says 6,000 were at Victoria Square for the switch on. CHRISTMAS CRACKER: St Helens Council says 6,000 were at Victoria Square for the switch on.

HUGE crowds gathered in Victoria Square for a dazzling evening of entertainment to mark St Helens' Christmas lights switch on.

Hundreds of young families - including many toddlers - watched a succession of talented local acts and personalities take to the stage on Saturday.

And there were screams from groups of teenage girls as sets were delivered by Britain's Got Talent stars Loveable Rogues and The Mend.

It is thought the crowd was one of the largest to have attended a St Helens Council run music event.

The Lancashire Hotpots kicked things off with a lively string of their witty folk music songs.

The St Helens lads led the way for a series of youngsters to showcase their talents, including singer songwriter Sophie Morgan, teen star Bradley Johnson and tenor, Tom Loughlin.

Children from Broad Oak and Queens Primary school choirs brought a festive feel to the event.

A selection of carols from Trinity Girls Brass Band and actors from The Citadel's pantomime added some tradition to the mix.

Meanwhile, there were cheers for boxing champion Martin Murray and St Helens hero Steve Prescott who were interviewed on stage by Wish FM's Chris Milow.

As a lighting show created Christmas images on the face of St Helens Town Hall, it was Prescott - joined by Mayor of St Helens, Geoff Almond, and The Mend - who performed the switch on.

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12:07pm Mon 19 Nov 12

jambol says...

I went to the christmas lights switch on and was really looking forward to the "Lights Switch On & Special Effects Show" which i thought would have been hard to beat after last years amazing show......well, i wish i never bothered, not a smudge on last years, just a few big flames in front of the town hall and a stupid amount of paper snowflakes being spat everywhere, i couldnt believe the amount of people i actually heard saying the same as me "what, is that it?".....total let down for St Helens, i should have just stayed at home with the little one and not bothered :-(
I went to the christmas lights switch on and was really looking forward to the "Lights Switch On & Special Effects Show" which i thought would have been hard to beat after last years amazing show......well, i wish i never bothered, not a smudge on last years, just a few big flames in front of the town hall and a stupid amount of paper snowflakes being spat everywhere, i couldnt believe the amount of people i actually heard saying the same as me "what, is that it?".....total let down for St Helens, i should have just stayed at home with the little one and not bothered :-( jambol
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1:04pm Mon 19 Nov 12

pitbullboxing says...

Another success story for Rimmer and her band of Merry Men then. Did the snow land on the floor in the shape of letter saying "cuts"?
Another success story for Rimmer and her band of Merry Men then. Did the snow land on the floor in the shape of letter saying "cuts"? pitbullboxing
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7:31pm Mon 19 Nov 12

saintsfan says...

It's a shame to hear that jambol. Presumably one of the reasons so many turned up was down to the same event last year being good, and that's bound to have included the light show. Clearly St Helens Council decided to cut the best bit out, in line with its dreary, dismal moaning about having to do what every other council in the land also has to do. They never learn. If you don't invest in the town, the town will not respond. Having invested last year, people won't be fooled next year if they were disappointed this year.
It's a shame to hear that jambol. Presumably one of the reasons so many turned up was down to the same event last year being good, and that's bound to have included the light show. Clearly St Helens Council decided to cut the best bit out, in line with its dreary, dismal moaning about having to do what every other council in the land also has to do. They never learn. If you don't invest in the town, the town will not respond. Having invested last year, people won't be fooled next year if they were disappointed this year. saintsfan
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9:35pm Mon 19 Nov 12

pitbullboxing says...

Time for some new ideas. I hope. I hope.If we voted a tory council in mayeb we might get treated better? Seeing as they seem to be giving more money to their own - simple answer - join in!!!
Time for some new ideas. I hope. I hope.If we voted a tory council in mayeb we might get treated better? Seeing as they seem to be giving more money to their own - simple answer - join in!!! pitbullboxing
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10:42am Tue 20 Nov 12

xsuex says...

I agree, We went last year and it was brilliant so I gathered all my mates and their kids up this year to join us, thinking it would be as good, It was Rubbish! The big flame things where pointless (apart from the bit of warmth they gave off) I was gutted and felt ashamed that id insisted my mates trudge out to see them, we will make the journey to somewhere better next year!
I agree, We went last year and it was brilliant so I gathered all my mates and their kids up this year to join us, thinking it would be as good, It was Rubbish! The big flame things where pointless (apart from the bit of warmth they gave off) I was gutted and felt ashamed that id insisted my mates trudge out to see them, we will make the journey to somewhere better next year! xsuex
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6:58pm Fri 23 Nov 12

frankly says...

also the two town trees and lights are a disgrace
also the two town trees and lights are a disgrace frankly
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