Lighting up Oldham

Around 10,000 people turned out to enjoy Oldham's Christmas Lights Switch On last Sunday in Tommyfield Market.

There was a variety of fantastic local talent, along with special appearances from CBeebies’ big friendly dog ‘Hey Dugee’ and Santa Claus – not forgetting a fireworks finale. 

It kicked off with local performer Stuart Beech – aka ‘The Singing Pilot’ – commencing the switch-on countdown with a spectacular stage show.

More local talent followed Stuart, with a performance from Royton-based group ‘Fierce Dance’ along with a special number from Oldham College who performed their community Christmas single for Stop the Traffik called 'Christmas with you'.

There was plenty of raving, singing and dancing when Cbeebies ‘Hey Duggee’ entertained the huge crowds with the ‘Stick Song’ and helped Santa to turn on the festive lights, before the fireworks display rounded the night off with a bang.

For more information about what Oldham has to offer this Christmas – including the district switch-ons - visit

Images by Nigel Wood

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