Pictures: Beverley Knight adds soul to Christmas lights switch on

Barnstaple switch-on goes ahead as Exeter and Plymouth events are axed due to bad weather.

BARNSTAPLE showed its soul with a star-studded Christmas lights switch-on event that defied the elements tonight (Thursday).

With similar events in Plymouth and Exeter cancelled due to torrential rain and gales, the show went ahead as planned in North Devon with a crowd-pulling headline performance by the ‘Queen of British Soul’ Beverley Knight.

The weather had a noticeable impact on the large audience numbers of recent years; but the thousands who did brave the conditions were treated to an intimate live performance by the multi-MOBO award winning singer.

After pushing the plunger to turn on the town’s Christmas lights, Beverley sung four songs including the Junior Giscombe hit Mama Used to Say; Erma Franklin’s Piece of My Heart and her own top-ten hit Shoulda Would Coulda.

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Accompanied by her own backing singers and members of the Mama Stones House Band, the singer then performed an improvised number thanking Barnstaple for its warm welcome, even on the coldest and wettest of nights.

Click on the gallery link at the top right of this page to see pictures from tonight’s event.

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