Crowds flock to Hull Christmas lights switch-on ceremony

Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Thousands of you gathered in Queen’s Gardens on Thursday evening for Hull’s Christmas lights switch-on ceremony.

Lord Mayor of Hull Councillor Anita Harrison declared the event – usually staged in Queen Victoria Square – a huge success before switching on the lights at approximately 7.10pm.


The crowd had been treated to memorable performances from Britain’s Got Talent singer Calum Scott (another Hull native) and Tre Amici before the switch-on took place.

Once Councillor Harrison had done the honours, the evening was capped off with a three-minute firework display and a performance from Hull’s very own X Factor contestant Charli Beard.


Emma Bentley, a 22-year-old mother-of-two from Orchard Park, said: “I come every year to see the lights being put on. It’s just nice and it’s in time for Christmas. I’ve got a little boy and a little girl.”

Paul Burrill, 54, of Sibelius Road in west Hull, who attended the event with daughter Nikita, said: “My daughter’s got special needs so she likes the lights and the attractions and being out and about.”


Meanwhile, over at St Stephen’s, Hull’s Miss Great Britain Zara Holland was on hand to switch on the shopping centre’s display.

Centre manager Him Harris told the Hull Daily Mail: “It’s the first time in five years that we’ve done a switch on. We thought the city’s displays were a bit lacking in recent years, so we thought, no pain no gain, let’s try a bit of promotion ourselves.”

Did you attend Hull’s official Christmas lights switch-on? Visit HEYToday on Facebook and Twitter to see our gallery from last night’s extravaganza.

Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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