Calling all mums and dads – do you have a shining little star who could light up this year’s Accrington Christmas lights?
The Observer and Hyndburn Council have teamed up to find a special Hyndburn youngster to flick the switch in the town centre on Thursday, November 17.
We are looking for someone who has overcome adversity for the role.
Clare Pritchard, deputy council leader, said: "We don’t want to splash out money on hiring a big-name celebrity when we are sure to have lots of home-grown stars right here in the borough who deserve recognition.
"Christmas is a magical time for children and we are looking for a special child of primary-school age who has perhaps overcome adversity or illness, or just done something extra special to brighten up the lives of those around them.
"It really is open for people to let us know why they think the child is special." Editor Gareth Tidman added: "There are so many special children out there who make a big difference to everyone’s lives.
"So if you know a youngster who fits the bill, please let us know and it could be them turning on the Christmas lights very soon."
The special star will be picked when a panel made up of Observer Editor, Gareth Tidman, Councillor Clare Pritchard and Councillor Pam Barton, meet to review the entries in early November.
To nominate your Christmas star, tell us why they should switch the Christmas lights on by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by writing to Accrington Observer, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8EF, by submitting your entry in the form below, or by dropping in your entry to the Accrington Observer office in Accrington Market Hall.