Collabro will no longer be taking part in this year’s Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch On event.
The 2014 winners of Britain’s Got Talent have apologised after cancelling their appearance. A spokesperson for the group said:
The Christmas Lights Switch On is part of Carlisle's countdown to Christmas and will be held between 1pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 16th November.
Could this be the most festive house in the Border region?
Almost every part of the bed and breakfast on Warwick Road in Carlisle is covered in lights and decorations. Do you know one even more Christmassy?
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Hundreds of people took to the streets of Dumfries last night to see the town's Christmas lights switched on.
We were there to capture the seasonal spirit.
Thousands are expected to attend the annual Christmas light switch on in Carlisle City Centre later today (Sunday 17th November).
Crowds will be entertained by X-Factor finalists Miss Dynamix and The Voice finalists DIVA! in the run up.
The local talent is set to include the Carlisle Community Choir, Carlisle Dance Academy, Only The Young, Richard Rose Dance Academy, Room 101, The All New Jersey Boys and The Future Kicks.
The entertainment will begin at 2pm, and Carlisle Mayor Ray Bloxham will switch the lights on at 5pm.
The Christmas lights will be switched on in Dumfries at 5pm today, November 25.
The family entertainment gets underway at 1pm with a performance from the Dumfries Razzamataz Theatre School.
In the afternoon, Zoe Bestal and classical music with a modern twist will be provided by Voce.
Later the entertainment takes on a Scottish flavour with lively folk melodies from Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter.
Santa gets in on the act at 4pm with a High Street procession before Silver Fox take to the stage to get the crowds singing along in the run up to the big switch on at 5pm.
The countdown to Carlisle's annual Christmas lights switch-on has begun.
The stage will be in place outside the Old Town Hall on Sunday 18th November, with entertainment kicking off at 2pm, followed by a variety of acts performing throughout the afternoon, before the switch-on at 6pm.
The event is free and programme highlights include:
- 2pm - 2.30pm: Twelve Days of Christmas Community Parade
- 2.30pm - 3.10pm: Christmas Crackers and Bruce Airhead
- 3.10pm - 4.10pm: Local Acts moment to shine
- 4.10pm - 4.25pm: Christmas Crackers
- 4.25pm- 5pm: Local Acts moment to shine
- 5pm - 5.30pm - Bruce Airhead Christmas Show
- 5.30pm - 6pm: Jamie AFRO Archer
- 6pm: Christmas Lights Switch On