Charlotte meets her TV idols at lights switch on

Charlotte Novak with Coronation Street star Jack P. Shepherd. (s)
Charlotte Novak with Coronation Street star Jack P. Shepherd. (s)

A Britain’s Got Talent and Coronation Street fan from Clitheroe was over the moon to meet her television idols at The Mall, Blackburn, as part of the town’s BIG Christmas Lights Switch On event.

Charlotte Novak (10) met Simon Cowell’s 2016 Golden Buzzer act, Boogie Storm, and cobbles favourite Jack P. Shepherd in the shopping centre on Saturday.

Charlotte’s mum Cheryl said: “Charlotte has been so excited since she found that Boogie Storm and Jack P. Shepherd were coming to town so we got here early to get in the queue!”

The meet and greets were organised as part of the celebrations, which also saw Blackburn’s home-grown star The Song-a-minute Man, Ted McDermott, steal the show with his now famous rendition of Quando Quando Quando.

Laura Diffey, Marketing Manager at The Mall, said: “The whole town came alive on Saturday and there really was something for everyone to enjoy.

“We had long queues to meet both Boogie Storm and Jack P. Shepherd and it is great that Charlotte managed to meet them all.

“Everyone at The Mall is looking forward to a fabulous festive season with a magical grotto, late night shopping, charity gift-wrapping all on offer throughout December.”

The switch on celebrations were just the first in the series of BIG events at The Mall, with a Nutcracker Prize Trail, Christmas Street Fair, traditional Lantern Parade, Fireworks and a Community Carol Service at Blackburn Cathedral all lined up for the coming weeks.