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X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent stars to switch on Romford Christmas lights tonight

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 November 2018

The Romford Market Christmas lights turn on 2017.

The Romford Market Christmas lights turn on 2017.

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The Romford Market Christmas lights turn on 2017.The Romford Market Christmas lights turn on 2017.

Christmas is coming to Romford!

Stars from the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent along with performers from Queen’s Theatre’s pantomime will be at the big light switch-on in Romford town centre tonight!

New lights will adorn lamp columns in Market Place, North Street and South Street and the big-switch on will start at 4.30pm today (Thursday, November 15.)

Performers will include the Frances Bardsley school choir, Charlie Dillon - a singer from Elm Park who has appeared on The Voice Kids this year - a preview of the Queen’s Theatre seasonal pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, plus James Smith from Upminster who was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent.

The Romford Market Christmas lights turn on 2017.The Romford Market Christmas lights turn on 2017.

Headliners will be Ghanaian music duo Reggie n Bollie (Reggie Zippy and Bollie Babeface) who are best known for being runners up on the X-Factor in 2015.

In addition to watching the acts, children will be able to meet some of their favourite cartoon characters and enjoy a firework finale.

The fireworks are sponsored by Time 107.5FM and Everyone Active.

Brand new, energy efficient Christmas lights will also be switched on in Harold Hill, Rainham Village, Elm Park, Collier Row, Harold Wood and Rush Green.

The Romford Market Christmas lights turn on 2017.The Romford Market Christmas lights turn on 2017.

The events in Romford’s Market Place are just part of the celebrations across Havering with events scheduled throughout the borough.

On Saturday, November 17 the Hornchurch Christmas Cracker returns to the town centre running from 11am to 5pm, on Thursday, November 22 it’s the turn of Upminster to turn on their Christmas lights between 4 and 6pm, and the traditional Rainham Village Christmas Fayre will be held this year on Saturday, December 1 starting at 10am.

Councillor Damian White, the leader of Havering Council said: “Across the borough lights will be going on to lighten the winter gloom and I’m so pleased that we can once again start the countdown to Christmas in the borough with a spectacular and popular event in Romford’s Market Place.

“The Market Place has long been the heart and soul of Romford town centre and is a proud part of Havering’s heritage.

Switch on of the Romford Christmas Lights, Market Square, Romford.Switch on of the Romford Christmas Lights, Market Square, Romford.

“I hope everyone comes along to enjoy this event or one of the many other Christmas events across our borough.”

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