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Search for Hyndburn's little shining star goes on

THE countdown to Christmas is officially under way as we resume our search for a shining little star to light up this year’s Accrington Christmas lights switch on.

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Shining star Ethan Naisbitt

THE countdown to Christmas is officially under way as we resume our search for a shining little star to light up this year’s Accrington Christmas lights switch on.

The Observer has teamed up with Hyndburn council to find a special Hyndburn youngster to help Peppa Pig flick the switch in the town centre on Thursday, November 28.

There is just a week left to get involved as the deadline for entries is Friday, November 15.

Deputy council leader Coun Clare Pritchard, said the competition is open to people to let them know why they think their child is special.

She said: “We don’t want to splash out money on hiring a big name celebrity when we’re sure we have lots of home grown stars right here in the borough, who deserve recognition. Christmas is a magical time for children and we’re looking for a special child of primary school age, who has maybe overcome adversity or illness, or just done something extra special to brighten up the lives of those around them.”

The special star will be picked when a panel made up of Observer editor Gareth Tidman, Coun Clare Pritchard and Coun Pam Barton.

Gareth Tidman said: "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."

To nominate your Christmas star, tell us why they should switch the Christmas lights on by emailing accringtonobserver@menmedia.co.uk or visiting the Accrington Observer website; or by writing to Accrington Observer, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8EF, or drop in your entry to the Accrington Observer office in Accrington Market Hall.