Jolan kick’s off Christmas in Whitehaven at light switch-on

By Rachael Grealish

SINGING star Jolan said he was more nervous to switch on Whitehaven lights than performing on The Voice as he kicked off Christmas in Whitehaven.

Jolan switching on the lights with 5-year-old Connie Dobson, Whtiehaven Town Mayor, Raymond Gill, Cumbria Superheros and Darling Manor Princesses - photo by Robert Haile

And they’re on! Jolan switching on the lights with 5-year-old Connie Dobson, Whtiehaven Town Mayor, Raymond Gill, Cumbria Superheros and Darling Manor Princesses – photo by Robert Haile


Whitehaven was transformed into a winter wonderland, yesterday, as Christmas kicked off in Copeland with the town’s light switch-on.

BBC’s The Voice runner-up, Jolan, did the honours and switched-on the lights with competition winner, five-year-old, Connie Dobson, on the CFM stage.

“It was brilliant to switch the lights on and really, just amazing and really lovely to be asked,” Jolan said, “It was definitely more nerve-wracking up on that stage than singing on The Voice though.”

The event, organised by Whitehaven Town Council was dubbed a success by Whitehaven town mayor Raymond Gill.

He said: “I think the event turned out to be huge success, a lot of hard work was put into it and to see so many people turn out is just wonderful and unexpected.

“I spoke to some of the local retailers, along with the stall-holders, and there has been record takings – it’s gone really well and now we’re looking to a bigger and better future, learning from any mistakes made.”

Festive cheer was clear throughout Whtiehaven as people of all ages enjoyed the Christmas continental market and the street entertainment.

Cumbria Superheroes and Darling Manor princesses teamed up to entertain children – posing for photos and braving the cold and a crowd-favourite was the stilt-walking wolves by On Board Arts, from Newcastle.

On the CFM stage performances by Pop Steps, Whitehaven Theatre Group, Sing Stars and other local dance and performance groups entertained the hundreds that flocked to the town.

Whitehaven Brass Band were on hand to provide festive carols and Reindeer’s Honey and Freddie flew in from the North Pole (or Cheshire) with their festive elf helpers to really give the day that Christmas feel.

The day ended with a performance by Jolan, with support from Julianne Kelly, at the Solway Hall.

If you missed the Whitehaven lights switch-on fear not – there’s still time to get in the festive mood with the Cleator Moor light switch-on on Friday (November 25) and the Egremont Winter Wonderland switch-on event on Sunday (November 27).

Whitehaven Christmas Light Switch-On Gallery:

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