Christmas lights switch on is a hit with Coventry

Kids favourite Sam and Mark and chart topping band The Hoosiers entertained the thousands of fans at Coventry’s 2010 Christmas lights switch on. Thousands of people, young and old alike, braved the cold weather and the persistent drizzle to be able to enjoy the Christmas lights switch on.

The stage was set on the Travelodge balcony that overlooks Broadgate, and Mercia FM’s JD from the JD show was the compere for the evening’s proceedings, providing plenty of laughs and festive music for the waiting crowd.

Coventry band Three Spires also performed several times throughout the evening, drawing screams of excitement from fans of the popular TV talent show Don’t Stop Believing, on which they have appeared several times.

Also taking to the stage were children’s TV and radio presenters, Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, who took part in a guessing game with JD in order to win a lucky member of the audience tickets to Mercia Live 2010 at Birmingham’s LG arena.

Other guests included Debbie Isitt who is director of the Coventry based film Nativity, and the children who appeared in the film, all of whom performed a moving rendition of the Christmas carol Once In Royal David’s City.

Mercia’s JD then announced ex-Hollyoaks actress Melissa Walton and children’s favourite Pingu to the stage for the much anticipated switch on. They were joined by the rest of the evening’s guests as well as Coventry city’s Lord Mayor Brian Kelsey, who received a lukewarm welcome from the audience.

After a countdown the giant plunger was pressed, and Coventry’s Christmas lights burst into life, accompanied by wild cheering and Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.

The stage lights then went down and the wild cheering continued as the Hoosiers walked onto the stage to perform several of their chart topping hits including Worried About Ray and Goodbye Mr A, as well as several songs from their most recent album The Illusion of Safety. The Hoosiers burst into the publics consciousness three years back with their debut album The Trick to Life, and with their combination of catchy melodies and clever lyrics, they brought the evening of Christmas festivities to a rocking close.

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