THE hunt is on for a hero neighbour to turn on the area’s Christmas lights

Members of the community are being asked to nominate their well-deserving neighbours for the role.

The lights in Kearsley are always switched on by a special guest from the area but this year organisers want people to come forward with the people they think have made a real difference.

Previous switch-ons have seen the honour handed to community litter pickers, children affected by the Boxing Day floods, a resident beauty queen and pupils from local primary schools who have done something inspiring.

Tracey Wilkinson, who is organising the event this year, said she had already heard submissions from a lot of residents.

“For the last few years we have picked somebody from the community but this year we are asking for submissions,” she said. “It’s our lights in our town and we think that people in our town must be the best people to do it.

“Normally, in other places, local people never get a chance to be the person who switches the lights on. It’s usually someone famous or someone in the public eye but these people are people see every day who are doing good things in the town.”

The 2019 Kearsley Christmas Lights Switch On will be held at the Kearsley Mount Methodist Church in Manchester Road.

This year’s event will take place between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 3.

It is free to attend and there is an open invite to anyone interested, with food and hot and cold refreshments available to purchase.

There will also be a sing-along with the Kearsley Youth Brass Band and a visit from Father Christmas himself who will greet children.

The switching on of the big Christmas Tree at Kearsley Mount and simultaneously the Star on top of St Stephens Tower is expected to take place at 6:45pm.