CHILDREN’S favourite Bob the Builder will switch on Burnley’s festive lights on Sunday.
The fun starts in the town centre from noon with a host of activities, including an Army climbing wall, performances from Burnley Youth Theatre, Burnley Alliance Silver Band and an appearance from Padiham Rotary Club’s Father Christmas and sleigh.
A music and entertainment show on the bandstand show will start at 3-15pm.
There will then be the grand finale, lights switch-on and firework display from 5pm.
Bob the Builder will make personal appearances in Fleet Walk at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Among the acts taking part in the stage show will be It’s My Party, singer and presenter Sally Jacks, singer Nicole Talmer, trio Exit Left, singer Megan Ingham, duo Double Generation, instrumentalist Little Bows, The Swamp Donkeys, Elvis impersonator Jared Warne, drag act Zanadu Minnelli and singer Rebecca Swindells .
The finalists of this year’s Burnley’s Got Talent competition will also be taking part.
The switch on marks the start of Christmas shopping in Burnley, with many shops staying open till 8pm or later every Thursday in the run up to Christmas.
Coun. Andy Tatchell, Burnley Council’s Executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “At this time of year, nothing highlights more the importance of town centre as a key focal point for the community than switching on the Christmas lights. What better way could there be to celebrate this than showcasing the wealth of home-grown talent.
“We want this year’s lights switch-on to be really special and with the range of entertainment planned for the day, it should be a great way to mark the start of the Christmas celebrations.”
“With late night shopping starting on Thursday, November 22nd, and Sunday opening for many shops, retailers are working hard to make Burnley’s shopping experience more convenient for the community in the run up to Christmas.
“Support for our local businesses at this time of the year is really important. Burnley has a great choice of shops so make sure you give them a visit.”