A LOCAL talent who delighted crowds at St Helens' Christmas Lights switch on is hanging up the microphone to focus on her career and spend time with her two young daughters.

Kerrie Ann Lomas, from Newton-le-Willows, discovered overnight online fame as a video of her singing along to Beyonce went viral back in 2017.

The video, which shows Kerrie belting out Beyonce's track Listen while her three-year-old daughter Kiana clambered all over her, was viewed more than 850,000 times on Facebook at the time and even made national news.

Read our interview with Kerrie back in 2017 here

St Helens Star: Kerrie on stage at the St Helens Christmas Lights switch onKerrie on stage at the St Helens Christmas Lights switch on

Despite never singing live before, the video - which was filmed by Kerrie's mum - propelled a new career avenue for the songstress and she quickly became a singing sensation on the local pub circuit in St Helens, while often singing at private parties and charity nights.

However, after getting a new job in her pharmacy work and wanting to spend time with her two young daughters, she decided that her performance at the Christmas lights switch on in the town centre would be her last.

Kerrie, 31, said: "I've just got a new job and my daughters are eight and five so I want to spend as much time as I can with them, and not singing in pubs all the time.

"I may help out with some more charity nights when I can, but for now I just want to enjoy other people's music and show my support for them."

St Helens Star: Kerrie with the mayor of St Helens Sue MurphyKerrie with the mayor of St Helens Sue Murphy

With two final festive performances at both Earlestown and St Helens' lights switch on, Kerrie said her girls - Kendal and Kiana - absolutely loved seeing her live on stage.

She added: "My girls absolutely loved it, they were at the front row and loved seeing mummy on stage singing. My oldest keeps showing her friends my videos at school."

Singing festive hits as well as other covers at the switch on, Kerrie's video of her singing Adele's Lean on Me has already clocked over 4,000 views on Facebook, with some even comparing her to the award-winning singer songwriter.

Kerrie said: "[I've had] so many comments thinking Adele was there last night. How much of a compliment is that!"

Stating that St Helens has "full of talent on our doorstep", the mum-of-two encouraged people to show their support for local acts now we are able to go to gigs and performances once again.