Lighting up Mansfield!
Thousands braved the disappointing weather yesterday evening and flocked to Mansfield Market Place for the Christmas Lights Switch-On event.
X Factor and Celeb Air star Chico wowed the crowd with a show-stopping performance including the songs Livin' la vida loca and his signature tune Chico time!
The crowd also gave a warm Mansfield welcome to local Paralympic heroes Sam Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw as well as Stags players and Manager, Billy McEwan.
Children's TV favourite Peppa Pig the stars of Sleeping Beauty, this year's pantomime at the Palace Theatre and Santa entertained the younger members of the audience. Earlier in the afternoon, they also paid a visit to deliver presents to children at King's Mill Hospital.
All the stars gathered on stage for the main switch on at 6.45, which was followed by a special Olympic themed firework display.
Special guest of the evening was double Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington who joined the line-up for the autograph signing in the Four Seasons Centre.
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, who launched the event, commented: "I am thrilled that so many people turned out on what was quite a wet evening to enjoy the event. The feedback received from members of the public who were there was overwhelmingly positive"
"All of the stars at the event were impressive and entertaining but I am especially pleased the event gave the opportunity for people to meet our Olympic and Paralympic heroes face-to-face."
"It is great to see the town centre festively lit and I hope that shoppers and visitors alike will enjoy the feel of the Christmas period. In these dark days of the winter season and the economic climate we can at least enjoy the glow in our shopping centre and hope that it may encourage people into using Mansfield to make all the festive purchases."
"Preparations and long hours of planning and co-ordinating have gone into lighting up Mansfield and from reactions at the event, we are all appreciative of their results. I would like to send my thanks to the Christmas Lights committee, all of the sponsors and the District Council staff for making the event such a success.
The event is an annual one, organised by a partnership consisting of Mansfield District Council, Mansfield Town Centre Partnership, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield 103.2, Chad and Mansfield Christmas Lights Committee — with help and support from Experience Nottinghamshire.