Audiences at the Darwen Christmas lights switch on are set to be dazzled by boyband Boyz on Block.

The four-man group is made up of Shane Lynch from BoyZone, Ben Ofoedu of Phats and Small, Abz Love from Five and Dane Bowers of Another Level.

Hosted by Blackburn with Darwen Council, Darwen Town Centre and Darwen Town Council, celebrations will begin at 11am on Saturday, November 20, when Crafty Vintage’s Christmas Markets officially open.

The market will host stalls with an array of crafters, makers and collectors, including some of our very own Shop Darwen businesses.

Alongside the Crafty Vintage Christmas Markets will be an enchanting variety of free entertainment from 2pm – 6pm, including local singers from Darwen School of Music, gifted dancers from Lancashire Dance Academy, and a magical theatrical performance of The Greatest Christmas Show by Just Imagine.

The entertainment will be compered by acclaimed burlesque singer, Kiki Deville - all of this before the lights will be switched on.

After Boyz on Block has dazzled the crowd, the Crafty Vintage markets will remain open until 8pm for crowds to enjoy with background vocals from Kiki deVille.

Boyz On Block is a boyband supergroup with heaps of talent. This gifted group is made up of four of the biggest names in the UK and Ireland’s boyband history:

They launched their first single together last year, the Christmas classic of Stay Another Day by East 17. You can expect to hear this from the Boyz, along with a few more musical treats, while they help us to switch on the Christmas lights and flood Darwen with festive cheer. It’s an experience that’s not to be missed!

Celebrations will continue on Sunday, when the Christmas markets will be with us on the Market Square between 11am and 4pm.

You’ll have even more opportunity to purchase unique treasures, listen to music from the stage and enjoy the merry atmosphere while admiring this year’s lights.