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Stars shine at Leeds Xmas Lights switch-on

It may be Novemeber but tonight Leeds was lit up as this year's Christmas lights were turned on.

X-factor winner Sam Bailey was joined by fellow former X factor contestants G4, Leeds boxing Champion Josh Warrington and Calendar's Christine Talbot as thousands braved the cold for the big switch on.

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X Factor star lights up Leeds' Xmas countdown

X Factor star Sam Bailey is set to switch on Leeds' Christmas lights this evening.

Calendar's Christine Talbot interviews X Factor star Sam Bailey ahead of the Leeds Christmas Lights switch-on Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Last year’s winner of ITV's X Factor, Sam Bailey is the headline performer at this year’s switch-on in front of an estimated 15,000 strong crowd. Joining Sam tonight are former X Factor finalists G4, who will give their first public live performance as a group since 2007.

Hosted by Heart presenters Dixie, Emma and Rich Williams, the event will also mark the beginning of an exciting time for G4 frontman Jonathan Ansell, who is set to star as Prince Charming in the Leeds Carriageworks Christmas pantomime production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ from December.

Culture Club cancel tour

Culture Club attending the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honouring Barbara Kruger And Quentin Tarantino held in Los Angeles, California Credit: PA

Culture Club have cancelled their December UK tour. Lead singer Boy George is suffering from a serious throat condition which he is currently undergoing medical treatment for.

I'm devastated but I want to be able to perform to the best of my ability and the specialist has told me that right now that will be impossible. I will focus on getting better and see all my fans soon.

– Boy George

The band was due to perform at Leeds arena in December. Ticket holders can claim refunds from their point of purchase.

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New Band Aid single will raise money for Ebola crisis

Stars of today are joining together to record a new version of the classic Band Aid song 'Do They Know It's Christmas' to raise funds for the Ebola crisis.

Sir Bob Geldof, along with current chart singers, will start recording the updated Band Aid track this weekend.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports:

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Adele and One Direction amongst artists to be involved with Band Aid 30

Adele will be involved with Band Aid 30. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have confirmed some of the artists that will be involved in the Band Aid 30 track.

  • Adele
  • Bastille
  • Bono
  • Chris Martin
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Emeli Sande
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Ollie Murs
  • Sam Smith
  • One Direction

Celebrating Hyde Park Picture House's history

Today marks 100 years since one of the region's oldest cinemas opened its doors for the first time. The Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds screened its first film just a few months after the outbreak of the First World War. Since then it's shown tens of thousands of films, faced the threat of closure, but it's defied the doubters and the changing fashions to keep a traditional silver screen in the heart of the city.

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