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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.

Santa arrives in Mansfield

Santa and the stars of the local Cinderella pantomime will arrive at Mansfield's Christmas lights switch-on tonight - along with a unicorn-drawn pumpkin.

The parade, which travels along Westgate from St John Street to the entrance to the Four Seasons shopping centre, will start at 2pm.

Children's film The Polar Express will be screened in the market place.

Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: "We've got lots of new and interesting things happening at The Big Switch On this year and we hope lots of people will come down to the town centre to celebrate with us."

Local stars switch on Hull's Xmas lighs

"Bee Lady" Jean Bishop and X-Factor's Ryan Mathie at Hull's Xmas Lights switch-on Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Hull's Christmas lights Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Thousands gathered for Hull's Xmas lights switch-on Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Hull's Christmas lights Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Hull's Christmas lights switch-on Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Hull's Christmas lights Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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