X Factor winner to turn on Basildon's Christmas lights

X Factor winner to turn on Basildon's Christmas lights

X Factor winner to turn on Basildon's Christmas lights

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THE first Basildon Christmas Festival will definitely have the X-Factor when a former winner of the popular talent show turns on the festive lights.

Essex boy and chart-topper Matt Cardle – who won the seventh series of the ITV show in 2010 – will officially flick the switch to light up the town for Christmas as well as performing a 25-minute set.

The singer is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the Town Square.

The 30-year-old, who was brought up in Halstead, near Colchester, said: “I love Christmas time, and performing in front of my fans, particularly at family orientated events like this one.

“I am looking forward to visiting the town, performing and switching on the lights.

“I hope loads of local people come to watch me and enjoy the other activities going on throughout the day.”

Matt, who has two million record sales under his belt, is just about to release his third album Porcelain, which features a duet with Spice Girl Mel C, called Loving You.

Terri Sargent, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for community, said: “This will be a wonderful day of family festive fun, and I am so pleased we have managed to get such an excellent performer, which should help to bring lots of families into the town.”

Ian Clark, Eastgate Centre Manager, added: “Having Matt Cardle here to switch the lights on is brilliant news.

“We can sense this biggest day of the year for Basildon is already gathering momentum.”

Hans Wustefeld, Basildon Town Centre Management’s general manager hinted more big attractions at the event may soon be announced.

He added: “The Basildon C h r i s t m a s Festival partnership is delivering on its pledges for the town centre, but watch this space as t h e r e ’ s much more great news to follow.”

The light switch on will take place from 6pm on Saturday November 16.

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11:58am Mon 21 Oct 13

supermadmax says...

Good idea Basildon council, save a few pounds, no point wasting money on a celebrity.
Good idea Basildon council, save a few pounds, no point wasting money on a celebrity. supermadmax
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12:10pm Mon 21 Oct 13

maddriver says...

I've looked through the article several times and can't see any sign of a date for this event. Not that I'm likely to go personally, but I'm sure there are fans out there who might like to know.
I've looked through the article several times and can't see any sign of a date for this event. Not that I'm likely to go personally, but I'm sure there are fans out there who might like to know. maddriver
  • Score: 1

12:13pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Let Me Educate You All says...

maddriver wrote:
I've looked through the article several times and can't see any sign of a date for this event. Not that I'm likely to go personally, but I'm sure there are fans out there who might like to know.
This will be on a Need to know basis...
[quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: I've looked through the article several times and can't see any sign of a date for this event. Not that I'm likely to go personally, but I'm sure there are fans out there who might like to know.[/p][/quote]This will be on a Need to know basis... Let Me Educate You All
  • Score: 2

12:49pm Mon 21 Oct 13

misery from pitsea says...

well you did not read it properly as it states saturday 16th november at 6pm
well you did not read it properly as it states saturday 16th november at 6pm misery from pitsea
  • Score: 3

1:05pm Mon 21 Oct 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

maddriver wrote:
I've looked through the article several times and can't see any sign of a date for this event. Not that I'm likely to go personally, but I'm sure there are fans out there who might like to know.
The switch on is right outside specsavers.
[quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: I've looked through the article several times and can't see any sign of a date for this event. Not that I'm likely to go personally, but I'm sure there are fans out there who might like to know.[/p][/quote]The switch on is right outside specsavers. DogsMessInLeigh
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1:56pm Mon 21 Oct 13

keith_l says...

Halstead is part of Braintree District, and is closer to Braintree than Chelmsford. Why is it, then, that the article refers to "Halstead, near Colchester"? Perhaps for the same reason that Olly Murs "Hometown" events on the previous year's X-Factor were held in Colchester and not Witham. Nobody cares about the towns in Braintree district, apart from people who live there!
Halstead is part of Braintree District, and is closer to Braintree than Chelmsford. Why is it, then, that the article refers to "Halstead, near Colchester"? Perhaps for the same reason that Olly Murs "Hometown" events on the previous year's X-Factor were held in Colchester and not Witham. Nobody cares about the towns in Braintree district, apart from people who live there! keith_l
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12:13am Tue 22 Oct 13

Noteworthy says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
maddriver wrote:
I've looked through the article several times and can't see any sign of a date for this event. Not that I'm likely to go personally, but I'm sure there are fans out there who might like to know.
The switch on is right outside specsavers.
The Echo has done its usual job of adding details after the lack of them is highlighted in comments

The date wasn't on the story earlier
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: I've looked through the article several times and can't see any sign of a date for this event. Not that I'm likely to go personally, but I'm sure there are fans out there who might like to know.[/p][/quote]The switch on is right outside specsavers.[/p][/quote]The Echo has done its usual job of adding details after the lack of them is highlighted in comments The date wasn't on the story earlier Noteworthy
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1:05pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Basildon Council Communications says...

Just for added detail, Matt Cardle will be performing from 5.30pm, and the roadshow starts at 3pm.
Just for added detail, Matt Cardle will be performing from 5.30pm, and the roadshow starts at 3pm. Basildon Council Communications
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