Pictures: Town packed for Christmas lights spectacular

Girl group Stooshe entertain the crowds after switching on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple tonigh

Girl group Stooshe entertain the crowds after switching on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple tonight (Sunday). - Credit: Archant

Thousands turn out to see girl group Stooshe illuminate Barnstaple.

Girl group Stooshe entertain the crowds after switching on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple tonigh

Girl group Stooshe entertain the crowds after switching on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple tonight (Sunday). - Credit: Archant

BARNSTAPLE Square was packed with people this evening (Sunday) for the turning on of the town’s Christmas lights.

Girl group Stooshe entertain the crowds after switching on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple tonigh

Girl group Stooshe entertain the crowds after switching on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple tonight (Sunday). - Credit: Archant

Thousands turned out to watch girl band Stooshe push the plunger and perform hits including Black Heart.

After the show, the trio spent time chatting to fans and posing for pictures off-stage.

Stooshe headlined a show which also featured 2013 Britain’s Got Talent finalists Luminites, The Voice’s Adam Isaac and local musicians Switched On.


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Luminites guitarist Corey Layzell said: “I think the people here are very caring and nice. We feel very looked after and are really enjoying being here in Devon.”

Lead singer Steph Edwards added: “The hotel’s been really nice and the people here are all just so nice. We love the xmas lights and the crowd were really up for it.”

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Earlier in the day, there were performances by the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra, and around 250 pupils who formed the North Devon Schools Christmas Collaboration.

Although official numbers are not yet available, organisers estimate it was the busiest in the event’s seven year history.

Event organiser, Barnstaple Town Centre manager Craig Bulley, said: “It’s probably the busiest event we’ve put on - it’s about putting down a marker for Barnstaple and I think it’s fair to say that no other town in the South West touches us for it.

“After the challenges with the weather last year, we are absolutely delighted. It couldn’t have gone better for us.

“We had a fantastic range of acts and I was particularly please with the schools collective – Luminites and Stooshe really topped it off.

The event was held to mark the start of the Christmas shopping in the town. Shops will be opening late on Thursday nights in the run up to the festive period.

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