Council shuns celebrity guests for Christmas light switch on

first_imgCelebrities have been shunned as guests of honour for a Christmas lights switch on after a council decided “things have to change”.Banbury Town Council announced it will be “focusing on creating a vibrant event” without any stars this year, instead choosing to showcase local choirs. Guests have previously included Coronation Street actor Chris Gascoyne and The X Factor winner Sam Bailey.Colin Clarke, the general services committee chairman, said: “For many years we have enjoyed having celebrities switch on our Christmas lists but things have to change.”This year we’re starting a new theme by creating a real Christmas atmosphere for people of all ages.”We think the new set-up will appeal to everyone and not just those who like a particular TV programme.” Families will instead be able to listen to live music performed by local artists when they visit the market.Before the switch on, eight local choirs will sing carols and other seasonal tunes. There will be fireworks after the event, which is on November 27. Guests have previously included Coronation Street actor Chris Gascoyne  This year we’re starting a new theme by creating a real Christmas atmosphereColin Clarke Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Guests have previously included Coronation Street actor Chris Gascoyne Credit: Getty Imageslast_img read more