Visitors to the ever-popular Derby Christmas lights switch-on are in for a real treat this November where they can take a break from a day of festive shopping and be entertained by an array of talented performers, including X Factor’s Carolynne Poole, local band The Struts and Pantomime characters from Derby LIVE’s pantomime, Peter Pan.
Singer-songwriter Carolynne reached the live shows stage of this year’s X-Factor competition, with Gary Barlow as her mentor in the Over 28’s category. She was the first act to leave the TV talent show, when Louis Walsh controversially took the vote to ‘Deadlock’ after first saying he wanted to ‘keep Carolynne’, causing Gary Barlow to walk off stage. A Facebook page entitled “Bring back Carolynne Poole a judges decision should be final” received over 12,000 ‘likes’ in less than 24 hours. X-Factor’s loss is Derby’s gain as she performs live for the people of Derby.
Derby’s Christmas lights switch-on will take place on Sat 17 November. The event will be hosted by Capital FM Breakfast Show presenters Dino & Pete and will feature performances from local artists. These will include Christmas carols from local choir Sing For Your Supper and a performance by musicians from Virtulight – part of Derby’s Festival of Light celebrations, who will kick off proceedings in the Market Place from around 3.30pm.