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Rio heroes to light up Leeds

The city’s Rio heroes are ready to light up Leeds at this year’s spectacular Christmas lights switch-on event.

Rio stars Kadeena Cox and the Brownlee Brothers will be in attendance to switch on the lights Credit: Press Association

Leeds-born triathletes Ali and Jonny Brownlee and Paralympian Kadeena Cox will be the special guests of honour at next week’s showpiece, when they will take to the stage and get the festive season officially underway.

Taking place on Victoria Gardens on The Headrow next Thursday, November 10, the switch-on will also include live music and entertainment in front of an expected crowd of thousands.

We’re incredibly proud and excited to be switching on the Christmas lights in our home town.

The people of Leeds have given us so much support and encouragement through the years and knowing the city is behind us has always helped spur us on whenever we’re competing around the world.

– Ali Brownlee

Seeing tens of thousands of people lining the streets at the recent Rio Heroes parade was an unforgettable experience and we hope that by switching on the Christmas lights, we can show just how much that support means to us both.

It’s going to be an amazing night and we can’t wait to press the button and officially start the countdown to Christmas in Leeds.

– Jonny Brownlee
Kadeena Cox Credit: Press Association

The Brownlees will be joined by Paralympic gold medallist, Kadeena Cox who won bronze in the 100 metres sprint and gold in 500 metres cycling time trials.

British girl band Stooshe, who had a top 10 hit with their single Black Heart as well as a UK top 10 album, will also be performing on the main stage.

We love Christmas and anything to do with getting in the spirit so we can't wait to perform in Leeds and switch on the Christmas lights! Whenever we are in Leeds, it's always a great crowd and so very much looking forward to meeting all the lovely people!

– Stooshe
Stooshe Credit: Press Association