These are the celebrities who have lit up Hartlepool at Christmas

Next Friday, November 29, sees Hartlepool officially begin the festive season with the big Christmas lights switch-on.

Saturday, 16th November 2019, 8:00 am
Actress Samia Ghadie, hairdresser Maria Connor in Coronation Street, delighted nine year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Alfie Smith when she switched on the lights.
Actress Samia Ghadie, hairdresser Maria Connor in Coronation Street, delighted nine year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Alfie Smith when she switched on the lights.

The switch-on takes place at 6.30pm in Church Square, with the whole event lasting between 4pm and 7pm.

It has not yet been revealed who will have the honour of lighting up the town. But here are some of the stars who have flicked the switch in the past.

Five inspirational females switched on the lights in 2018. Pictured here with Mayor of Hartlepool Coun Allan Barclay are (left to right), Helen Moon with her daughter Dottie O'Keefe, four, who was successfully fighting against cerebral palsy, X Factor star Molly Scott, boxer Savannah Marshall, Neisha Webb, 12, who became a cheerleader against the odds with the help of a prosthetic blade, and Keep Britain Tidy hero Jessica Stones.

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Jack P Shepherd, also known as David Platt was another popular soap star.
The actor Adam Thomas, best known as Adam Barton in Emmerdale proved a popular choice, not least with these ladies.
It's now 15 years since Jeff Hordley, who plays Emmerdale tough guy Cain Dingle, turned on Hartlepool's lights.
Local talent in the shape of X Factor finalist, singer-songwriter Abi Alton, was given switch on duties in 2013.
Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie, who plays Maria Connor in the soap, posing for selfies with the Hartlepool crowd in 2016.
TOWIE star Joey Essex had a rare lightbulb moment in when he flicked the switch in 2015.