Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, who plays heart-throb Jason Grimshaw, has been named as the celebrity to switch-on Chorley’s Christmas lights on November 24.
And this year one lucky young person will get the chance to meet Ryan then join him on stage as he turns the lights on.
Everyone who registers to take part in the annual community Christmas parade will be entered into a draw to win a Christmas golden ticket that will entitle them to appear on stage alongside one of Coronation Street’s best-loved characters.
From Monday October 31, Christmas parade leaflets will be available from the council’s offices on Union Street, Chorley Town Hall and Malcolm’s Musicland on Cleveland Street.
All people need to do to be in with a chance of winning is:
Pick up a leaflet and fill in the slip;
n Hand the slip into Chorley Council’s offices on Union Street, Chorley Town Hall or Malcolm’s Musicland on Cleveland Street;
n Make a Christmas banner using the instructions on the leaflet; and
n Bring your Christmas banner to the lights switch-on and take part in the parade by walking in the procession
Each leaflet will contain details of how to make a Christmas banner, plus information on the parade route and where to meet.
The winner of the golden ticket will be notified on the night of the switch-on and will be taken backstage to meet Ryan Thomas before helping him to flick the switch at 7pm.
Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Peter Goldsworthy, said: “We have been working with traders across the town centre to put on another spectacular Christmas event and we are delighted that another high profile star from Britain’s longest running soap will be turning the lights on.
“Jason Grimshaw is a very popular character and we would like lots of families and their friends to come and see him and enjoy the night’s festivities.
“We want to make it the most colourful procession yet and have included instructions for how to make a banner on the Christmas leaflet.”
The festive fun will start at 6pm on Market Street, BBC Radio Lancashire will host live performances from local bands, entertainers and a special preview of Chorley Little Theatre’s Christmas pantomime on the main stage.
Back by popular demand will be the ‘snow’ that turned the town centre into a winter wonderland last year and don’t forget – parking on our car parks is free after 3pm that day and then every day in the run up to Christmas.
The event is being organised by Chorley Council with the town centre traders.