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Nadine Coyle lights up Darwen stage

Published Monday 19 November 2018 at 11:45

Thousands of people turned out in Darwen at the weekend for the annual Christmas Lights switch-on.

The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr Pat McFall joined celebrity guest and former Girls Aloud band member, Nadine Coyle on stage as a finale at the event.

Father Christmas made an appearance too as the crowds counted down to the festive lights being officially switched on to a backdrop of fireworks.

It’s believed more than 4,000 people gathered in Market Square to watch a packed programme of performances – including numbers from Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and local girl, Ella Shaw.

Nadine told the crowds that Darwen reminded her of her hometown of Derry, where she hoped to spend Christmas this year.

She added:

“Thank-you all for coming out tonight and making good memories together.

“I have had a brilliant time with you.

“The whole town coming out together is a beautiful sight to see.”

The star performed an half-hour set, including Girls Aloud hits and her own solo songs before finishing with festive favourite – ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town.’

The event kicked off a busy calendar of festive events in Blackburn with Darwen, with X Factor star Grace Davies taking to the stage on Saturday (November 24) for Blackburn’s Christmas Light Switch On.

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