Singing star Ella lights up the town

Ella Shaw sings with Clitheroe's The Grand choir at the Clitheroe Christmas lights switch on.
Ella Shaw sings with Clitheroe's The Grand choir at the Clitheroe Christmas lights switch on.

Top songstress Ella Shaw of Britain’s Got Talent fame warmed the hearts of shoppers on Saturday as she switched on the Christmas lights and sang carols in Clitheroe Market.

Ella, who was described by Simon Cowell as “mega-talented” during last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, in which she reached the final, sang traditional carols with Clitheroe’s The Grand choir before the lights switch on.

The singer from Langho, who released her self-penned debut album, Imperfections, in September, then posed for photos with youngsters.

Pupils from Clitheroe’s St Michael and St John’s Primary School also performed in the market during the day.

A total of £4,000 worth of Christmas lights and decorations have been erected in Clitheroe Market as part of a Northern Star event organised by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The festive event will be held at Clitheroe Market for three more consecutive Saturdays and the nearby Platform Gallery from October 22nd to January 7th.

Some of the finest artisan food and craft makers in the North West are taking part in the event. The Platform Gallery alone will host more than 50 artists and makers from across the UK, including jewellery, ceramics and textiles.

Heather Coar, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of environmental health, said: “We are going all-out to ensure Clitheroe is the place to be for festive shoppers this Christmas.

“We are inviting them to forget the hustle and bustle of the city, and come to Clitheroe for a unique shopping experience among some of the best craft makers and award-winning independent shops in the North West.

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