Report: Darwen Christmas Lights switch-on 2011

Lancashire Telegraph: SPECTACULAR Colin Hendry,  holding granddaughter River SPECTACULAR Colin Hendry, holding granddaughter River

DARWEN was left 'just a little bit' disappointed today when singer Gina G dramatically pulled out of the Christmas light switch-on ceremony.

The pop singer was due to perform her latest single 'Next 2 You' but a family emergency forced her to cancel at the last minute.

Hundreds of people braved the cold weather to watch the annual festive parade in the town centre.

Ex-Rovers skipper Colin Hendry was on hand to save the day, signing autographs and flicking the switch.

A statement on Gina G's Facebook page said: "Just wanted to let everyone know that Gina has had to cut her promo tour short and fly back to LA today due to matters getting worse with one of her children back home."

Coun Stephen Potter said: "We were told the day before that she had to dash back home because her daughter was ill.

"If she has a family problem then we understand."

Coun Potter added: "Colin was very well recieved, he's still a town favourite."

Gina G rose to fame in 1996 after entering the Eurovision Song Contest with her number one hit 'Ooh Aah...Just A Little Bit.'

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7:14pm Sun 20 Nov 11

sean_brfc says...

Hopefully that will have saved a bit of money. Colin Hendry is a far better attraction anyway, why didn't LET report that he would be there?
Hopefully that will have saved a bit of money. Colin Hendry is a far better attraction anyway, why didn't LET report that he would be there? sean_brfc

7:46pm Sun 20 Nov 11

jonnyrotten says...

Exactly sean_brfc. If they knew she wasn't coming the day before, why didn't they say anything. It still said gina g on website.
Exactly sean_brfc. If they knew she wasn't coming the day before, why didn't they say anything. It still said gina g on website. jonnyrotten

11:33pm Sun 20 Nov 11

english rose 1 says...

sean_brfc wrote:
Hopefully that will have saved a bit of money. Colin Hendry is a far better attraction anyway, why didn't LET report that he would be there?
It didn't save any money as Gina G wasn't charging anything...
[quote][p][bold]sean_brfc[/bold] wrote: Hopefully that will have saved a bit of money. Colin Hendry is a far better attraction anyway, why didn't LET report that he would be there?[/p][/quote]It didn't save any money as Gina G wasn't charging anything... english rose 1

7:23am Mon 21 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

Who cares. Switching Christmas lights on is the biggest non-event of the year.
Who cares. Switching Christmas lights on is the biggest non-event of the year. happycyclist

11:13am Mon 21 Nov 11

allan1957 says...

happycyclist wrote:
Who cares. Switching Christmas lights on is the biggest non-event of the year.
BAH Humbug
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Who cares. Switching Christmas lights on is the biggest non-event of the year.[/p][/quote]BAH Humbug allan1957

4:06pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Twicki1 says...

Colin Hendry was the best bit about it as the rest wasn't really impressive with the garden fireworks and the few christmas lights. Another year Darwen gets the short straw
Colin Hendry was the best bit about it as the rest wasn't really impressive with the garden fireworks and the few christmas lights. Another year Darwen gets the short straw Twicki1

4:21pm Mon 21 Nov 11

sean_brfc says...

The short straw. Blackburn and Burnley (bigger towns) got Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam!!
The short straw. Blackburn and Burnley (bigger towns) got Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam!! sean_brfc

6:55pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Your ferret stinks says...

happycyclist wrote:
Who cares. Switching Christmas lights on is the biggest non-event of the year.
C'mon happy you bang the drum about how darwen is trying it's best and how fantastic darwen could be then come out with this!! exactly what do you want from your town? everyone's trying their best and you throw a spanner in the works like this!
Cheer up lad there is light at the end of the tunnel unless you like being a Victor Meldrew
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Who cares. Switching Christmas lights on is the biggest non-event of the year.[/p][/quote]C'mon happy you bang the drum about how darwen is trying it's best and how fantastic darwen could be then come out with this!! exactly what do you want from your town? everyone's trying their best and you throw a spanner in the works like this! Cheer up lad there is light at the end of the tunnel unless you like being a Victor Meldrew Your ferret stinks

8:07pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Walsh says...

As a Darwener I feel I can say that perhaps Gina G pulled out because she realised that it was Darwen and not Darwin that she was booked to appear at. I for one would sooner be down under turning on Christmas lights rather than turning on the meagre collection of 40 watt bulbs that is the "winter wonderland" of Darwen town centre.
As a Darwener I feel I can say that perhaps Gina G pulled out because she realised that it was Darwen and not Darwin that she was booked to appear at. I for one would sooner be down under turning on Christmas lights rather than turning on the meagre collection of 40 watt bulbs that is the "winter wonderland" of Darwen town centre. Walsh

9:56pm Mon 21 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

Your ferret stinks wrote:
happycyclist wrote:
Who cares. Switching Christmas lights on is the biggest non-event of the year.
C'mon happy you bang the drum about how darwen is trying it's best and how fantastic darwen could be then come out with this!! exactly what do you want from your town? everyone's trying their best and you throw a spanner in the works like this!
Cheer up lad there is light at the end of the tunnel unless you like being a Victor Meldrew
I know. Sorry. I just think switching the lights on is no big deal anywhere, not just Darwen.
[quote][p][bold]Your ferret stinks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Who cares. Switching Christmas lights on is the biggest non-event of the year.[/p][/quote]C'mon happy you bang the drum about how darwen is trying it's best and how fantastic darwen could be then come out with this!! exactly what do you want from your town? everyone's trying their best and you throw a spanner in the works like this! Cheer up lad there is light at the end of the tunnel unless you like being a Victor Meldrew[/p][/quote]I know. Sorry. I just think switching the lights on is no big deal anywhere, not just Darwen. happycyclist
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