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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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