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Wednesday 6th November, 2013

Kingsland Road

Wigan Town Centre bosses have revealed that X-Factor 2013 finalists Kingsland Road are switching on the towns Christmas lights on Thursday 14 November in Market Place.
Kingsland Road are a fantastic new boyband based in East London. Thompson, Matt, Connor, Josh and Jay have been entertaining the nation on the X-Factor Live Shows with their brilliant vocals and signature moves.

Kingsland Road sang "don't blame it on the boogie" during a strong performance in the disco themed live X-Factor finals on Saturday, then went on to perform "I won't let you go" against Tamera in the 2013 X-Factor sing-off on Sunday evening. Gary Barlow mentored the group during the talent show and said after their final performance that the group didn't deserve to be in the bottom two this week.

Wigan's Christmas light switch-on event takes place between 4pm and 7.30pm in the town centre. The 5 piece boy band Kingsland Road will perform on stage and then turn on the town’s lights along with a host of other stars on the huge 60ft stage. The evenings hosts, radio presenters Danny Bee and Luke Marsden will welcome and introduce the acts on stage, including; Ricky Birchall, Amy B, Olly Jacob, Olivia Archbold, Zoe Unsworth, Heidi Anne, Wigan's talented TV star Scott Chapman along with Myth of Unity and the very funny The Keith Teeth and Friends will keep the crowds amused too. Wigan Athletic dancers and Wigan Warriors cheerleaders will perform on stage and join in with the town’s free festive event which launches late night shopping in the town with stores open until 8pm.

John Sanson, General Manager of the Grand Arcade commented:
“Wigan Town Centre Management, The Galleries and Grand Arcade have organised an unmissable Christmas spectacular with this years light switch on event. Join the crowds in Wigan Town Centre on Thursday 14 November to watch X-Factor 2013 finalists Kingsland Road perform along with lots of other talented star acts light up the town for Christmas."

On Sunday 17 November, Wigan Town Centre’s Santa and his reindeer parade starts at 1pm from Mesnes Park arriving at Market Place at 1.30pm. The parade includes Santa, 4 of his magical reindeer, marching bands, costume characters, stilt walkers, elves, snowmen and much, much more. Market Place will then come alive as street performers entertain the crowds along with Santa and his reindeers until 4pm.

Mascots, local organisations and groups are all invited to join the parade, for further details, please e-mail the events team on info@wiganchristmas.co.uk.

Further information on Wigan Town Centre Christmas events are available at www.wiganchristmas.co.uk and @wiganchristmas on twitter.

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