Santa in the City charity run – London – 4 December 2016

Starting and finishing in the vicinity of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Santa in the City charity run took in a number of the City’s landmarks in a 5k route – sometimes catching members of the public unawares. After the start the runners crossed over the Millennium Bridge towards Tate Modern, passed through the Tower area, before finishing in Paternoster Square.

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Chelmsford Christmas Lights Switch-on – 27 November 2016

As with the Southend event of the previous weekend, and also hosted by Heart FM’s Martin & Su, the annual Christmas lights switch-on in Chelmsford offered a day of music and entertainment throughout the town’s centre. Starring transgender ‘The Voice’ semi-finalist Jordan Gray plus local talents West End Mamas, The Big Sing, Winston and the Lads and the Hackney Colliery Band, the large crowd enjoyed and joined in with some powerful music. Chelmsford’s Mayor and ‘Santa’, plus local promoters, switched on the lights at 5pm, accompanied by fireworks.

Jordan Gray was the first transgender contestant on ‘The Voice’ and has released her new single ‘Platinum’ this week.

With thanks to Heart FM.

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Southend Christmas Lights Switch-on Event – 19 November 2016

Hosted by Heart FM’s Martin & Su, the annual Christmas lights switch-on event in Southend offered a day of music and entertainment throughout the town’s High Street. Starring ‘X-Factor’ and ‘The Voice’ contestant Lydia Lucy – latterly promoted by Will.I.am and the newest member of Black Eyed Peas –  as well as performances from local talents The Avenue, Adam Duffill and Joe Gibson, the large crowd enjoyed and joined in with some powerful singing. Lydia Lucy and Martin & Su were joined by ‘Ryan the Lion’ and Southend’s Mayor, Councillor Judith McMahon, to switch on the lights at 6pm, prompting an instant snow storm. Lydia Lucy ended the event with a sing-along of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas’.

With thanks to Heart FM.

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First Santa in the City Run – London -6 December 2015

Santa in the City is one of London’s newest Santa Runs – there are a number of such events taking place in the build up to Christmas – with hundreds of runners dressed in traditional red Santa suits taking to this new 5k course with its start and finish outside City Hall. The route took runners over Tower Bridge and around the Tower of London, sometimes mixing up with visiting tourists. The event raised large sums for charity.

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Southend Christmas Lights Switch-on – 14 November 2015

A day of entertainment throughout the High Street culminated in a Heart Essex organised concert building up to the town’s Christmas lights switch-on. Stars included X Factor’s Jahmene Douglas, Hollie Barrie from The Voice, David Robbins and Martin Ramsdin (The Ugly Sisters from the local Cinderella production), local artist Jessica Alice, and Heart’s ‘Martin & Su’. ‘Elsa’ from Frozen had the crowd singing everyone’s ‘favourite’ winter song! Southend’s Mayor Andrew Moring joined in for the official switch-on, following which a snow storm covered the crowd – already wet from the rain!

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With thanks to Heart Essex radio.

Southend Christmas Lights Switch On Event – 15 November 2014

The annual Christmas lights switch on event at Southend offered a day of music and entertainment throughout the town’s High Street, featuring X-Factor contestant Lydia Lucy, Britain’s Got Talent’s Sweet Chix and Youth Creation, plus performances from local talents Jessica Alice, The Avenue and Matt Linnen, amongst others. Local-born star of stage and screen Lee Mead, Lydia Lucy and Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and the Snowdog joined Southend’s Mayor and Heart’s Martin and Su to switch on the lights at 6pm. Southend’s Victoria Circus and High Street were packed for the event.

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