Victoria Square Switch On

BRITAIN’S Got Talent finalists Richard and Adam Johnson, along with Irish singer-songwriter Jordan O’Keefe, usher in the seasonal festivities in St Helens when they perform at the Christmas lights switch this week.

Thousands of fans are expected to pack Victoria Square at 4pm on Saturday November 16 for the star-studded ceremony, which also features leading British beatbox band Duke, a host of talented local acts and appearances from Saints players!

Richard and Adam have enjoyed huge success recently and are set to release ‘The Christmas Album’ – which puts an operatic twist on festive classics including ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Once in Royal David’s City’.

The record follows their debut effort ‘The Impossible Dream’, which topped the UK chart for four weeks, selling over 100,000 copies.

Jordan O’Keefe received rave reviews from the BGT judges with his fantastic performances of ‘Little Things’ by One Direction, ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston and ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry.

Duke perform a massive array of covers with only three voices and one guitar – incorporating beatbox and vocal basslines without any backing tracks, looping or sampling. They have played some of music’s biggest events including the Leeds Festival, Lovebox and Parklife.

St Helens Council Leader Barrie Grunewald said: “The Christmas lights switch on is one of our main events – and an important date for our town centre retailers who stand to benefit from the surge in footfall. We’re sure that thousands of residents from across the borough and beyond will enjoy the great free entertainment that’s on offer.”

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