Christmas will be declared officially open this Saturday in Burnley town centre and the Petty Real team have been involved every step of the way.
The preparations began several weeks ago with the launch of our Search for a Star campaign. This competition will see one talented Burnley performer given the spotlight to show case their ability during the Christmas stage show this Saturday (16thNov).
Launching the Search for a Star Campaign with Charlotte Hagan (Chairperson at Petty Real) and Andy Dean (Burnley Markets)
After a very encouraging response to the Search for a Star Campaign the team at Petty Real, in conjunction with Burnley Mechanics and Burnley Borough Council, have completed the process of selecting the winning entrant.
The quality of the entrants and the skill of Burnley folks was astonishing. Charlotte commented “there can only be one winner, but some of the entrants really should consider taking their talents to wider audiences. Burnley today, Blackpool Tower tomorrow, and then who knows? Let’s get Simon Cowell on the phone.”
Raynor Pepper of Burnley Mechanics, Charlotte Hagan of Petty Real and Andy Dean of Burnley Markets (left to right)
Also part of the Burnley Christmas festivities is the town centre treasure trail offering local children the chance to declare Christmas fully open by turning on the town’s illuminations and receiving £50’s worth of Love to Shop Vouchers just in time for Christmas. This special challenge has seen 7000 children from 27 local primary schools invited to collect Santa Stamps from different participating businesses in the town centre.
Charlotte Hagan launching the town trail
The competition had a fantastic response which is testament to the level of community spirit in Burnley. Participating businesses have all given very positive comments expressing their thanks to Petty Real for helping the people of Burnley feel more Christmassy.
After so many parents and children took part in the treasure hunt the lucky winner was selected on the 13th of November.
The winner of the Christmas lights Switch on competition is selected
Penelope Stuart, 4, has been chosen as the winner and she will be switching on the town’s Christmas lights this Saturday. This super Burnley girl has all the energy and enthusiasm needed to help the town get the party underway in style.
Penelope Stuart, 4, has been awarded the top job of turning on the illuminations
There will also be a Christmas market where shoppers can find special gifts and festive food, a falconry display, street performances, a spectacular stage show and fireworks. There are plenty of reasons to come along to Burnley town centre on Saturday the 16th of November and help the town to get Christmas started.
Previous Town Centre Lights Switch on events have been a huge success.