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Delay fails to dampen the spirits at lights switch on

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

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HUNDREDS of people squeezed themselves in Burton’s Market Place for a the annual lights switch on... that was not without its hiccups.

A technical fault due to a blown fuse halted proceedings for 15 minutes, but despite the cold weather the crowd remained entertained with Britain’s Got Talent finalist Michael Collings.

Michael, who claimed international attention when he performed Fast Car by Tracy Chapman during the talent show back in 2011, said: “I don’t know what people will expect from me tonight.

“I don’t know what I will be playing — I will just wing it.

“Since being on Britain’s Got Talent, it has been brilliant. I have been all over the UK doing gigs.”

Mr Collings treated the crowd to his version of Sting’s Englishman in New York, as well as the people’s favourite — Fast Car.

Alex and Boss — winners of this year’s Burton Mail’s Got Talent — also entertained the crowd with a Sonny and Cher classic.

Singer Alex White, who plays alongside guitarist Anthony Hall, said afterwards: “It has been really good since the competition and we have had a few gigs out of it from people saying ‘oh we saw you in the paper.’

“We weren’t sure about entering before but I would say to anyone even if they don’t win they can still get work and it’s a really good laugh.

“It was terrifying before we went on stage tonight because we haven’t done anything this big before but everyone was singing along, and taking photos.”

The band, Through The Rain, also played while the technical difficulties were being sorted.

Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths was also hand on to kick off proceedings and thanked the crowd for attending and supporting the town, as well as urging them to support local shops, pubs and restaurants in the run up to Christmas.

Mayor of East Staffordshire Len Milner thanked sponsors Star City, Burton Place, Coopers Square and The Octagon shopping centres as well as ‘bollard man’ — Touch FM’s Mark O’Sullivan, who Councillor Milner was happy to point out, recently became a victim to the town’s infamous bollards.

The event was rounded off with a fireworks display by Burton-based world musical firework champions Pyrotex.

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 28 2012, 10:13AM

    I could see the fireworks from my home just off Shobnall Road and they were the best I have ever seen.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 26 2012, 6:42PM

    Fireworks were amazing and the lights are the best I've seen in Burton. A very enjoyable evening.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 26 2012, 6:41PM

    The young & successful and very popular band Through The Rain opened the show, played before Michael Collings and throughout the technical difficulties and they were great!! Why have you only given them a scanty line in your coverage - makes them sound very benign and bland when in reality they are a very talented local band who you should support as the local newspaper!! Loved Michael Collings too but credit where it is due please guys!!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 20 2012, 10:44PM

    Loved the switch on,It was a lot better this year than most years, fireworks were fantastic, the entertainment too, and mostly the lights are getting better each year too, would still like to see alot more decorations especialy on the way in and out of burton, like on the bridges (trent bridge and st peters ) make the journey in and out of burton more facinating and exciting for the younger children look at when in traffic.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 20 2012, 1:11PM

    Shame there were no entertainment in the market hall like face painters and live music like last year. The traders must feel abandond by the council with no support until next September when building work starts.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 20 2012, 11:02AM

    Mr Muir - The Burton Christmas lights switch on is an event paid for, organised and managed by the private sector through town centre management not the council. We try to please the majority of people every year and with a boost in footfall of some 5,000 people over a normal Sunday, I am quite confident that we achieved what we set out to achieve. As for the information about a young pup being killed in a road accident, as a dog lover myself that concerns me deeply. Could you contact me directly on 01283 500047.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 19 2012, 9:45PM

    I think it's a disgrace you have to have fireworks AGAIN! It's only 2 weeks since 5 nov!!!!! My border collie pup was killed thanks to fireworks last night! With no warning he ran and was killed, because of a very loud firework very near the dog walking spots!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 19 2012, 9:04PM

    Well done Through The Rain, fantastic as usual, blowing Michael Collings ? who? off the stage.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 19 2012, 7:29PM

    What a disgusting time to hold such alarge firework display!! So LOUD!! many dogs being walked!A young much loved border collie is now dead! Due to the loudness and closeness to the park where he was being walked!! A young family now have to live with such a needless tragedy!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 19 2012, 6:45PM

    I think an apology is due to through the rain ,our LOCAL boyband.they were the stars of the show .was the reporter in the pub ?