Toploader to switch on Wigan Christmas lights

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ROCK band Toploader will be switching on the town’s Christmas lights on Thursday, November, 13.

Wigan’s Christmas light switch-on event takes place between 4:30pm and 7.30pm at Market Place in the town centre.

Toploader, most known for their cover of King Harvest’s US hit ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ will perform on stage and then officially turn on the town’s lights display.

Toploader are Joseph Wasbourn, Dan Hipgrave, Matt Knight and Rob Gree, and since they formed in 1997 they have recorded more than two million album sales and a string of top 20 hits.

Toploader’s debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka’ sold over a million copies and remained in the top five of the UK Album Chart for over six months.

John Sanson, General Manager of the Grand Arcade, commented: “Wigan Town Centre Management, The Galleries and Grand Arcade have organised a fantastic Christmas extravaganza with this year’s light switch on event.

“We’re thrilled to announce Toploader as our headline act who’ll perform alongside a multitude of other talented star acts as we light up the town for Christmas.”

On Sunday, November 16, Wigan’s Santa Christmas Parade will start at 1pm from Mesnes Park arriving at Market Place at 1.30pm.

Spectators will see Santa, accompanied by real reindeers, marching bands, costume characters and much, much more.

The Market Place will then come alive as street performers entertain the crowds along with Santa and his reindeers until 4pm.

Wigan town centre bosses are inviting all local mascots, organisations and community groups to join the parade.