Sports stars to light up town

15th November 2008.  Leeds United v Hudderfield Town.'Gary McAllister.
15th November 2008. Leeds United v Hudderfield Town.'Gary McAllister.
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Yorkshire Cricketer Ryan Sidebottom and footballer Gary McAllister are to star in the big switch on of Wetherby’s Christmas lights on Thursday.

The glittering evening, based around the town hall and Market Place, will feature entertainment from Jonny Ross and the Leeds Pipe Band, fairground rides, stalls and more.

Durham v Yorkshire tues 7th may 2014'Ryan Sidebottom

Durham v Yorkshire tues 7th may 2014'Ryan Sidebottom

Welcome to Wetherby chairman Cindy Bentley said: “It was a huge success last year and I’m sure it will be an even greater one this year.

“It was wonderful to see the town centre so crowded.”

The spokesman for the group which was set up to promote Wetherby to visitors, added: “This is exactly the type of event we need to keep our town vibrant and exciting, both for local residents and visitors alike.”

Ryan Sidebottom played his first test match in 2001 against Pakistan and was part of the cup winning Yorkshire side this season.

Footballer Gary McAllister had a successful career spanning over 19 years, from his local side Motherwell to Leeds United, where he was player and manager.

He represented his national side for nine years and was awarded an MBE in the 2001 New Year Honours in recognition of his contribution to football.

Youngsters will be able to see Santa who will also be attending the lights switch on.

A spokesman for the lights switch on added: “This is an event not to be missed so do come and join in all the fun and visit the side shows and watch the street entertainers.”

The evening’s entertainment starts at 5.30pm and finishes at about 9pm.

The celebrities are expected to be switching on the lights at about 7.15pm.

Carrying on with the festive theme, Welcome to Wetherby, will be launching the search for the best dressed shop window in the town. Previous winners have included Touchwood.

Entry forms are available from the town hall and should be returned by November 28. Judging, by a panel of schoolchildren and Churches Together, will take place on December 8. The presentation will take place at the town hall on December 18.