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Sam Fender to switch on Newcastle's Christmas lights

Sam Fender will be switching on Newcastle's Christmas lights. Credit: Annabel Staff

Brit Award-winning North Tyneside singer Sam Fender is set to switch on Newcastle's Christmas lights.

Metro Radio presenters Steve and Karen will host the evening event on Thursday, November 7.

Fender, from North Shields, whose debut album hit number one in the charts, will take part alongside The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr David Cook, and Cllr Ged Bell, Newcastle City Council's cabinet member for employment and culture.

The event will also feature a performance from Fender's saxophonist, Johnny ‘Blue Hat’ Davis as well as entertainment from Moodbay and Khalysis and a panto performance from the cast of Aladdin at the Tyne Theatre.

The free event, starts at 5.30pm, with the lights being switched on at approximately 6.30pm.

Over 230,000 individual lights will be illuminated in the city centre with a crowd of thousands expects.

Cllr Cook said:

The annual Christmas lights switch on in Newcastle is known to many as the official start of the festive season in the city and it always provides a night of great fun for people of all ages, and this year will be no different.

The lights create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the residents and visitors who come into the city centre over the festive period to enjoy everything Newcastle has to offer at Christmas.

– David Cook, Lord Mayor of Newcastle

Cllr Bell added:

This Christmas in Newcastle is set to be the biggest ever, and the lights switch on is the best place to be to start the Christmas countdown.

I’m delighted that Sam Fender will be returning home to do the honours this year. What a great way of helping him celebrate the amazing twelve months he has had.

The heart of our city centre provides a perfect festive hub and this evening will give us the first glimpse of the amazing Christmas events to come

– Ged Bell, Newcastle City Council