The Voice winner Kevin Simm said it was a privilege to switch the Christmas lights on in his home town yesterday.
Despite poor weather, a large crowd still gathered to see the former Liberty X star perform before flicking the switch on this year’s festivities.
The 36-year-old, who went to school in Leyland, said it was good to be back in his home town for the big event.
He said: “I was pleasantly surprised at the turn out, considering the weather was horrendous.
“It was good to take my little boys along, and for my family to see me. I still get nervous but I was quite busy meeting people before going on stage, so that took the edge off.
“It’s more when you have a lot of time to think about it.”
The switch-on event, organised by Chorley Council, started at 3pm and led to a spectacular finale that saw the town hall clock tower lit with an amazing firework show just after 5pm.
A Christmas market was also held along Fazakerley Street, while the Rock FM stage was on Market Street with a whole host of performers before Kevin took to the stage.