Olympians to switch-on Sunderland Christmas lights

The Christmas lights switch-on in 2008. Credit: ITV

The Mayor of Sunderland will be joined by Emmerdale's Tom Lister who is playing Captain Hook in panto at Sunderland Empire, and the city's Olympic women's footballer Jill Scott and Olympic trampolinist Kat Driscoll for the switch-on at the civic centre.

Music will include performances from Castletown Primary who were overall winners in this year's annual 'City Sings' school choral competition, and 'Farra Cappella' from Farringdon Community Sports College who were winners in the secondary school category.

The event begins at 6pm with the evening brought to a close with a firework display at 7pm.