Southport Christmas Lights
Photographs by Patrick
THE Christmas Lights
are now on, following a fantastic day and evening of
entertainment, starting off Southport's Christmas build up. It
is one of the most magical times of year and many businesses on
the famous Lord Street and throughout the Town Centre are hoping
it will also be a good one for trade. The Switch On took place
on Saturday, 22 November 2014, but it nearly didn't happen, due
to the increased costs, thanks to ever increasing demands
associated with the likes of health and safety regulations, and
Sefton Council facing more cuts, but the Switch On was saved.
This year, the Southport BID Company, who have taken over the
funding of the Lights; the town now has over 500,000 brand new
lights, ensuring the Town will sparkle once again.
"Thankfully the magic of Christmas has been saved and we now
hope people will follow." one of the businesses told us
on Lord Street. Another business owner added:- "We have
been losing businesses all over the place, so the loss of the
lights for Christmas would have been a death blow for the Town.
We need the cheer that the lights bring to the Town, on dark
evenings and nights. Also the festive activities that will be
taking place, as Christmas approaches, should bring much needed
customers in to the Town Centre." The Light Switch on,
as you can see from our photos in this edition and also on the videos we
uploaded on our Facebook
Page, attracted a large crowd, that
was, at first, slow to build, but as it got darker more and more
people flocked into the Town Centre to see the famous faces
press the plunger! As the event did not have a parade, this
year's Switch on Stage included a massive TV screen, which was
based on Lord Street, allowing far more people to see the acts
performing. Other attractions included 3 Wise Men on real
camels, dance acts, side show entertainers and a few Christmas
stalls. In The Atkinson, the Southport String Ensemble performed
live in the foyer. But it was Heart FM, on the Main stage, which
got the most attention, hosted by Joel Ross from Heart North
West and Liz McClarnon, former Atomic Kitten. The 2 highlight
acts on the main stage were the world famous group, The
Drifters, who gave a fantastic selection of Christmas numbers,
one of them can be seen on our Facebook
Page. The other was the
band, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, who got the Town dancing... The
other acts, who performed on the main stage were, Myth of Unity,
The Dice Men, Baby Ballet, King and Scholes, Voice Plus, Street
Beatz, Rock Choir, Barbieshop.
To see our photographic
coverage of this event, please click on this
These are just a few comments
about the event that we have received so far...
Sharon Smith commented to us that:- "Unfortunately I
missed out because I was working in Boots, on Chapel Street.
However the atmosphere was excellent. Thank you to the band for
coming to store. I am now in the mood for Christmas. Xx"
Abi Yaffe commented:- "Yes - the drifters were fantastic!
The lights are beautiful."
Robert Coppell:- "Actually very good this year. So that
means bigger and even better next year"
Michelle Suzanne:- "Fantastic this year and well done to
Christine Barrett said:- "Enjoyed this year’s switch on,
The most important part of the night was the Switch On, and
pushing the plunger was Coronation Street stars Ryan
Thomas(Jason Grimshaw) and Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker), plus
former Corrie favourite Ken Morley (King Bumble) and Kay Purcell
(Carabosse) from the Southport Theatre Panto, Sleeping Beauty.
But no Christmas Switch on could be without Father Christmas and
the Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton.
So far not all were impressed though as Degs Hesketh added:-
"I walked down Lord Street at 5pm today, apart from the tree
there were more lights on the trees in the summer? What’s
happened to the lights? Or is the tree it? Or are there
technical problems as was expecting some of the trees along the
road lit. Nice tree though..."
So have the new lights
put you in the mood for some retail therapy?
Will it get you out
to have a bite to eat or some refreshments in Southport’s
fantastic coffee shops and restaurants?
Will you go to the
Christmas market that will be running over 6 December to 21
December 2014, or go to one of the Town’s many night clubs, or
pubs for your Christmas party?
Let us know if you think it is
Southport’s time to sparkle this festive season by emailing:-
with your views and thoughts of the 'Christmas Lights Switch On'
and the planned festive delights today!
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