The eagerly anticipated event saw the bridge, Strand and Square absolutely packed last night (Sunday) with people and families to enjoy the show. This year Barnstaple Town Centre Management steered clear of expensive celebrities and instead welcomed a string of home grown musicians to the stage. They included youngsters from Centre Stage School, Bicycle Repair Man, Soulcraft and Sophie Kerslake with her band plus Sam Dowden. Another bicycle repair man, Gordon Gordy Webber, was chosen as the community hero to switch the lights on following a competition run by The Voice, as voted for by listeners. But on the end all three shortlisted heroes joined panto dame Mrs Smee to conduct the switch on, with the family of Kiera Ball and fundraiser Andy Unstead all getting a hand on the button. A special segment of the show also saw the launch of the Light Up a Life appeal 2018 for North Devon Hospice and Childrens Hospice South West, in conjunction with the Gazette.