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Newcastle Christmas lights switch on LIVE: X Factor winner Joe McElderry to turn on the 2017 lights

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Tonight’s the night – the Newcastle Christmas lights get switched on for 2017 and we’re live, reporting from the event.

The lights – 20,000 of them in fact – have been installed, draped across the city centre streets in soon-to-be-sparkling garlands, and all we need now is for someone to flick the switch and add that blast of colour.

That someone is going to be Joe McElderry and the moment The former X Factor winner will be turning on Newcastle’s Christmas lights – and launching the festive season for us – will be tea-time tonight.

Around 5,000 people are expected to brave the cold and turn up to see him perform the honours at the annual treat – and it seems Joe is looking forward to it as much as anyone.

Joining Joe for the button-pushing ceremony will be Sam Lavery, a fellow local singer who won fans on The X Factor and, like Joe, has previously attended the event; cast members from the upcoming Gateshead Stadium panto Sleeping Beauty; the Lord Mayor of Newcastle Coun Linda Wright, and Metro Radio’s Breakfast Show presenters Steve and Karen who will play host.

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