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Massive crowds braved wind and rain on Sunday to watch X-Factor winner Sam Bailey switch on Banbury’s Christmas Lights.
Around two thousand fans turned out to hear Sam sing five of her best-known songs before joining the countdown that led to the switch on.
Sam, who won the TV talent show in 2013, has gone on to chart-topping successes and has performed before sell-out audiences. She is appearing in the pantomime Dick Whittington at Aylesbury this season and has just secured a part in the musical Chicago which will begin a nationwide tour at the New Theatre, Oxford, early next year.
“My 14-month-old daughter Miley walked for the first time today in Banbury Town Hall. So not only have I been to a fabulous lights switch-on, but my baby took her first steps. It’s been a day to remember.”
Sam was the finale to an afternoon of entertainment that included Beyonce tribute act Victoria, Banbury’s popular Rock Choir and local band The Next Hot Thing.
Banbury mayor Tony Mepham and his wife Lesley joined Sam on stage for the switch-on.
“The weather was appalling but the show went on. All the stage acts were good and Sam Bailey was a great star guest. But maybe the real stars were all the people who came out in the rain to support what was once again a terrific Banbury Christmas Lights switch-on.”
The show was compered by Banbury Sound’s Kirsty Leahy and founder of the town’s new broadcasting station Puritans Radio Stewart Green.
Hatwell’s Funfair provided rides and sideshows in the Market Place, and Father Christmas was nearby on his sleigh – courtesy of Banbury Cross Round Table.
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