BARNSTAPLE promises lights, cameras and plenty of action this Sunday when top girl band The Saturdays take to the stage to turn on the town s Christmas lights. The chart-topping fivesome, whose debut album Chasing Lights burst into the UK charts at number

BARNSTAPLE promises lights, cameras and plenty of action this Sunday when top girl band The Saturdays take to the stage to turn on the town's Christmas lights.The chart-topping fivesome, whose debut album Chasing Lights burst into the UK charts at number 11 last month, will be performing to crowds from 4.45pm, before pushing down the plunger to launch the town's Winter Festival of Sunday and late shopping nights.The band, already being tipped to break America in 2009, will headline a sparkling line-up of acts, starting with Appledore Band at 1pm. Also on the bill is dynamic four-piece The Gentlemen, who will be supported by young North Devon musical talents Amy Newton, Big Battle winners, CableCar Catastrophe, and local rock band, Mendella."The light switch on is just the start of the street and theatre entertainment that will be ongoing, right up to New Year's Eve," said Craig Bulley, Barnstaple Town Centre Manager."Barnstaple's Winter Festival has been planned with families in mind with entertainment that will appeal to all ages."Although, The Square will be the main focus of the day's action, the town will be buzzing with slapstick high jinks as a host of roving street entertainers and the cast of this year's Queen's Theatre panto head out to meet and greet shoppers.There's even a chance to win family VIP tickets to this year's production of Jack and the Beanstalk - just grab an entry form from the Queen's Theatre and find all 12 magic beans hidden in shop windows around the town.Evil Ferdinand Flesh Creep, former EastEnders star Todd Carty, will be appearing on stage to draw the winners prior to the Big Switch on in the Square at 4.35pm.Shoppers will also be able to catch more live music on an acoustic stage in the High Street.The Winter Festival acoustic sessions, taking place outside the Pannier Market between 11am and 2.30pm, will feature local acts Tim Steer from Shade Valley, The City Ignites, Jax, and Andrew Barnes.Organiser Clare Chapple said that whole host of other bands had been lined up ready to play on two more late night shopping events on Thursday, November 27 and again on Thursday, December 11.Sunday shopping will run until December 21, while Thursday late night shopping takes place from November 27 to December 18, until 9pm, with an additional late opening on Tuesday, December 23.n For further information, visit www.barnstaple.co.uk