Corrie star kicks off Prestons Christmas celebrations

Corrie star kicks off Preston\s Christmas celebrations

Pictures as Prestons Christmas Lights switched on for 2018

A massive crowd cheered and sang along as Jack – alias David Platt – and a host of other stars ushered in the official start of the Christmas celebrations in Preston.

The festivities got under way with a two-hour concert on the Flag Market, organised by the Preston Business Improvement District.

Jack appeared on stage to great applause and told his Smooth Radio hosts that he had been in the soap since the age of 12.

He remembered his first scene was with Mike Baldwin (played by Johhny Briggs) – but he didn’t know who the character was.

Jack said he was now very well aware of the status of legendary soap actors like William Roache (Ken Barlow) and Rita Sullivan (Rita Fairclough).

He said: “It’s great when you walk into work and can have breakfast with Rita and Ken. I can’t believe I’m working with legends like that.”

Jack, named the 2018 best soap actor after some storming storylines, revealed he always watched the Corrie broadcasts and was self-critical when he needed to be.

“I always look at it and think ‘could I have done this better, or that better?,” he said.

Asked whether the Platts would have a good Christmas, he replied: “Actually we have just finished filming the Christmas episodes.

Coronation Street favourite Jack P Shepherd who played David Platt helped turn on the city’s lights.

Thousands of people packed onto the Flag Market to see two-hours of performances from CBeebies Andy Kay, B*witched star Edele Lynch and many more.

The lights switch on took place on Saturday (24 November) with the lights going on shortly after 8pm.

Michael Porter was there to capture the festive proceedings for the big switch on, which was organised by Preston’s Business Improvement District.

Scroll through his pictures below to see if you can spot yourself and also for all the acts appearing on the night.

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