Watch back Preston’s virtual Christmas lights switch on for 2020

Posted on - 21st November, 2020 - 8:22pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Christmas, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Videos, What's On in Preston
Marcus and Justine, Pride of Preston winners, hit the big red button on Fishergate's lights
Marcus and Justine, Pride of Preston winners, hit the big red button on Fishergate’s lights

Preston’s Christmas lights switch on was a very different affair for 2020.


Usually thousands of people are packed onto the Flag Market, scoffing parched peas and trying to keep warm while watching live entertainment ahead of the button being pushed.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic this year’s lights switch on took place virtually.

Pride of Preston competition winners Justine Brooks and Marcus Wright were the ones to flick the switch.

A big red button was in Fishergate for the pair to press and set the lights to on across the city’s main shopping streets and light up the Christmas tree on the Harris balcony.

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Live music during the event came from M People’s Heather Small and The Real Thing, as well as Boys on the Block.

Justine and Marcus were picked by the public for their community work during the pandemic.

Marcus has staged many free, online, exercise classes to boost people’s mental and physical health and these have been enjoyed by many NHS frontline workers.

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Justine was nominated for raising money for FareShare, who provide food to foodbanks and other frontline services across the city.

See foodbanks in Preston or near to you that you can donate to

You can watch back the whole switch on event below, and stay tuned to the end for the message from Santa.

The lights switch on was organised by Preston’s Business Improvement District with support from Smooth Radio North West, North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Walker & Williams Boutique Hotels.

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Did you watch the lights switch on? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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