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Nominate a local hero to switch on The Rock’s Christmas lights

The search is on for a local hero to switch on the Christmas lights at The Rock Shopping Centre this year.

We are holding a Community Christmas Concert and Lights Switch On on Saturday 4th November.

Running from 2pm-5pm we have joined forces with Roch Valley Radio to pull together a special festive event which will bring the people of Bury together.

As part of the community-focused event, we are launching a search for a ‘local hero’ to find a Bury star to help switch on the festive lights.

On the day, the countdown will take place just before 5pm and the local hero will flick the switch to light up The Rock ready for the Christmas shopping period.

Nominations can be made through our website from Tuesday 3rd October and the deadline for submissions is Friday 20th October.

The Rock’s centre director, Arnold Wilcox-Wood, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be holding our Community Christmas Concert and Lights Switch On event this year. This event is all about the community and celebrating our rising stars, our charity partner and a local hero. This event will be very different to our previous switch ons but it promises to be a fun-filled event which will bring together the people of Bury.

“It is the perfect opportunity to shine the spotlight on the local heroes which is why we are searching for a well deserving local star to help switch on this year’s lights. We look forward to receiving the nominations and we’re sure we’ll have our work cut out in choosing just one person to light up The Rock.”

The event will also feature groups from the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop, Bury Music Service and performers who have been supported by The Rock’s current partner charity, Liv’s Trust.

The line-up will be hosted by former Tower FM breakfast presenter Jon Holling and will take place on a stage in St John’s Square, in front of The Range.

The switch on event is free to attend and marks the beginning of the Christmas season for The Rock.  A mystery gift photo op will also arrive in the centre in December and visitors will be encouraged to share their festive snaps for the chance to win a Christmas prize.

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