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TV star to turn on Halesowen Christmas lights

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An actor from hit BBC drama Line of Duty is to switch on the Christmas lights in Halesowen next weekend.

Gregory Piper, who plays troubled teen Ryan Pilkington and is from the town, will be special guest at the big event on Saturday November 16.

He will be joined in pressing the button to light up the town by a lucky competition winner which kicks off later today (Fri) on the council’s Dudley borough Facebook page.

Before the switch-on, there will be a whole host of entertainment in the town for the event, which runs from 9am to 5.30pm and normally attracts thousands.

Based around Somers Square, there will be a stage hosted by Black Country Radio featuring live entertainment from local performers throughout the day. There will also be free children’s rides, a Christmas food and craft market and the chance for youngsters to meet Father Christmas. Parking is free on council-owned car parks.

Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

The Christmas lights switch-on events are always really well supported by residents in our borough towns.
It helps to build excitement and Christmas spirit, and I hope lots of people will turn out to get the festive season off to a great start.

There are also lights switch-on events in town centres in Dudley (Sat November 23rd), Brierley Hill (Friday November 29th) and Stourbridge (Saturday November 30th).

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