Tony Pulis to turn on Christmas lights in Hanley
THOUSANDS of people were expected in the city centre tonight (Thursday) for the Christmas lights switch on.
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis and Olympic gold-medal-winning legend Imran Sherwani will turn the lights on in Fountain Square, Hanley, at 6.45pm.
Britain's Got Talent boy band Loveable Rogues, Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Councillor Terry Crowe and Santa Claus will also attend the festive event.
Mr Crowe said: "I'm delighted to be involved with turning on the Christmas lights.
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"It's a great honour to get to do this in my hometown and I'm looking forward to seeing lots of people out supporting the event."
In the build up to the lights switch-on, Santa and two real reindeers will be meeting youngsters at the Victoria Hall between 1pm and 5pm.
Then from 5pm, Signal 1's DJs will start the countdown to the big switch-on.
There will be live performances from Loveable Rogues, five-piece indie-rock band Six Towns and pop singer Anttix.
Around 8,000 people are expected to attend the lights switch-on.