Photo Gallery: Lights, camera…Christmas Lights switch-on, Manchester
Northern Soul photographer, Nicola Jackson, headed to Manchester city centre for the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On.
The Manchester Christmas Light Switch-on, in association with Key 103, marks the start of Manchester’s festive season. The city centre squares became a pop venue for the night as thousands of people watched the show live in Albert Square.
International star Sigala became the first DJ to headline the Christmas Lights Switch-on and Pixie Lott showed her pop star credentials with a live stage show. The stars of the Manchester’s stage shows ELF: The Musical at the Lowry, Shrek at the Palace Theatre, and Guys and Dolls playing at the Royal Exchange, gave the crowds something to dance about, previewing their huge productions that will be playing throughout the festive season. Opening the show was the cast of Little Women – who will take their show to the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre – and the Dancehouse Academy showing of the amazing moves of Street Dance.
Key 103’s breakfast hosts Mike Toolan and Matt Haslam compered the show with help of Corrie’s Brooke Vincent, and the event concluded with a 10-minute fireworks display. Manchester’s biggest red resident – the iconic Giant Santa – was also turned on for the first time. Follow him on twitter @McrSanta.
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The Northern Travel & Tourism Show, February 25, 2020
The Northern Travel & Tourism Show on February 25, 2020 is the perfect place to find great ideas for future leisure visits and experiences, and enjoy the amazing Monastery host venue in Manchester.
You’ll meet over 45 exhibitors from lake and river cruises, steam railway trips and stately homes and gardens to themed Beatles heritage discovery in Liverpool, and the James Herriott All Creatures Great and Small story in the Yorkshire Dales.
There will also be tours around the wonderfully restored Pugin-designed monastery building.
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"It’s important to talk about northern voices." Portico Prize-winning author Jessica Andrews talks to Northern Soul's Literary Editor, Emma Yates-Badley, about class, gender and the north. northernsoul.me.uk/its-import… pic.twitter.com/iu9waDHlku