X-Factor stars join Clarets ace for Xmas lights switch-on

Stars from the world of football and music helped schoolchildren to light up Burnley when they switched on the town’s Christmas lights.

Clarets midfielder Joey Barton was joined by X Factor stars Tom Bleasby, Misha B and Jake Quickenden for the annual festive event.

Tom Bleasby, Misha B, Jake Quickenden and Joey Barton turn on the Christmas lights.

Tom Bleasby, Misha B, Jake Quickenden and Joey Barton turn on the Christmas lights.

Crowds of families thronged St James’s Street for the fun which culminated in a spectacular rooftop fireworks display.

The crowds were first entertained by a stilt-walking Ice Prince and Princess, and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants before the big musical stage show.

Local performers included dance group Fierce, winners of Burnley’s Got Talent 2015, and theboykev – multi-instrumentalist songwriter Kevin Parry – who was accompanied by the Burnley Markets Christmas Choir and schools who helped to record a Christmas CD in aid of Pendleside Hospice.

Amber Corns, Burnley brand manager for Burnley Borough Council, said: “It was a brilliant day and evening.

“I would like to thank all the performers who gave their time on the night including our very talented local schoolchildren and of course our well-known performers.”