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Hundreds of people gathered in Wythenshawe Town Centre to watch soul singing popstar Lemar turn the Christmas lights on.

The switch-on by the best-selling artist kick-starts a month of celebrations in the town centre, which is owned and manged by leading UK regeneration specialist St. Modwen.

Jeff Jackson, Wythenshawe Town Centre Manager, said: “It was fantastic that so many people of all ages turned out to see the lights switch-on in Wythenshawe Town Centre – as it officially marked the start of the festive season.

“But that is certainly not the end of the fun activities. Last Saturday, December 10, Santa came to town and he will be visiting again this Saturday, December 17.

 “From 11am the whole family will be able to enjoy face painting, storytelling, and other arts and crafts activities. And there will also be a chance to come face-to-face with majestic owls and enjoy a ride in a donkey carriage.”

St. Modwen organised the Christmas lights switch-on in conjunction with Imagine FM and on the day footfall was up by 1,912 compared to previous Fridays.

The Town Centre Manager added: “Demonstrated by the influx of footfall figures, 2016 has been a great year for Wythenshawe Town Centre and we expect its success to continue into the New Year and beyond.”  

Earlier in the year, as part of the long-term commitment St. Modwen has made to revitalise Wythenshawe Town Centre, superfast free Wi-Fi was installed to help local people access information about their Town Centre and keep up-to-date with the regeneration plans.

For more information visit the Wythenshawe Town Centre Facebook and Twitter pages.