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TV weatherman Jon Mitchell to switch on Lincoln Christmas lights

By LWallace_LE  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

TV weatherman Jon Mitchell

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TV weatherman Jon Mitchell will switch on Lincoln's Christmas lights. 
The ITV regional presenter will perform the honours on November 22. 
Steve Barclay who pays 'the Dame' in this year's Theatre Royal pantomime Dick Whittington, will also join the festivities.
They will accompany the Civic Party headed by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Karen Lee. They will leave the Guildhall at 6.50pm and make their way to the war memorial in High Street.
Carols will be played by the Salvation Army Band to accompany the ceremony with entertainment provided by St Hugh's School choir and John Allison.
Compere for the evening will be Lincs FM's Rob Hammond who will introduce the Mayor's Chaplain Father John Kyne before Councillor Lee delivers her Christmas message.
After some words from Jon Mitchell, the Mayor will officially switch on this year's lights at around 7pm.
More carols from the Salvation Army Band will then be played as the Civic Party makes its way back to the Guildhall.

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  • OldLincolnia  |  November 10 2012, 6:50PM

    X Factor contestant and celebrity are never the same thing. anyway who is this bloke?

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  • 917199  |  November 10 2012, 7:31AM

    Moneys tight then.

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  • Clobber37  |  November 10 2012, 7:19AM

    And as a taxpayer of Lincoln I would rather nothing was spent on celebs rather than more (working on the fairly logical assumption that bigger celebs cost more money)

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  • Clobber37  |  November 10 2012, 7:15AM

    Ooh - 'celebs' from Emmerdale?!?! That would really really attract me to watch the lights go on!

  • MrGRH  |  November 10 2012, 12:43AM

    So Lincoln is the big city of Lincolnshire and The City of Lincoln Council announced the long serving front man for regional TV weather bulletins Jon Mitchell has been invited to perform the honour of switching the Christmas lights on. After some words from Jon Mitchell, the Mayor will officially switch on this year's lights at around 7pm..................Hang on a minute so Jon Mitchell will say a few words, so what possibly will Jon talk about erm oh year so he will talk about the weather then the Mayor will switch the lights on. WOW so exciting, can't wait.....................................................NOT ! I say rarther pathetic City council is that the best you could do, when just down the road in springfields ( Spalding ) they had Carl King, Paddy and Gennie of Emmerdale switching their lights on after a great performance from their band Edna's hat. Sorry but I am very disappointed and certainly won't be going to see the boring rubbish that Lincoln city council will put on this year !

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  November 10 2012, 12:09AM

    Any reason why the Mayor doesn't do it? Don't they represent Lincoln? What does a paid minor celebrity add to flicking a switch?

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  November 09 2012, 9:40PM

    Someone said they wanted a star to turn the lights on, where does Ella Henderson fit in to that? She's just another manufactured wannabe from a second rate TV show.

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  • korkyone  |  November 09 2012, 8:03PM

    Jon Michell could read the weather forecast on the night,then let x factor star Ella Henderson switch the lights on .

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  • simonlincs  |  November 09 2012, 7:46PM

    WOW,congratulations to lincoln city council,I didn't think that they could scrape the barrel any lower than 'cannon and ball' (who only ever did it to advertise their panto) but they've managed it somehow,people will be drawn in from miles around,well maybe 1 or 2 miles if they've not got any paint they need to watch drying. Why don't the shops cough up some money to pay for someone people will actually travel to lincoln to see like an actor or even a reality tv star,they'd probably make the money back in extra sales.

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  • Mr_Sneer  |  November 09 2012, 7:36PM

    "This honour should have been given to our Olympic/Paralympic medalists." Agreed. And Doug Stanhope should deliver the Christmas message. Have they still got the big TV screen from the Olympics? I'm sure some sort of satellite link-up could be arranged.

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