Switch-on 2011 video highlights and interviews

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WATCH highlights as switch-on stars spoke of their delight at being part of the line-up and performed on stage.

Olly Murs said: “It’s great to be back here.

Blackpool Illuminations Switch On ceremony 2011

Blackpool Illuminations Switch On ceremony 2011

“It’s a great place to come, a great crowd and I always have a good time.

“It’s my second year and hopefully I’ll be back for a third. I have been here a couple of times on my tour and it’s a great crowd in Blackpool.”

Beverley Knight recalled visiting the resort as a child.

She said: “It’s lovely to be here in Blackpool.

“This is a place I have such a connection with as a child and as an adult now because of my career.

“Where I was from, Wolverhampton, this is where you came for your day trips for the Illuminations and the Pleasure Beach.”

Joe McElderry added: “I’ve been a few times and it’s nice to be here. I’m looking at The Tower and really want to go up there but I’m going to come back and have a longer day trip, and get fish and chips, a bit of rock and a trip up the Tower.”

Keith Lemon said he had been to the town three or four times.

He said: “Once it was really windy, another time it was very drunky and the other time I bought a mask for £1.50 and it was the best thing I have ever bought in my life.”

Pixie Lott said she also hoped to return.

She said: “Every time I’m here I don’t have much time to go on the rides and rides are my favourite.

“So next time I come back I’m going to make sure I have a couple of hours to have fun.”