RISING star Bobby Lockwood helped to pull in the crowds when he switched on Wick’s Christmas lights on Thursday (November 27).
Bobby, a 2013 BAFTA winner who plays Rhydian in popular CBBC drama Wolfblood, and who won the BBC’s acrobatic show Tumble in September, pushed down a plunger to set Wick ablaze with festive colour.
And even if the switching system’s timing wasn’t as slick as Bobby’s gymnastic routines, it hardly mattered as he made light of the minor delay.
Roger Arthur, of the Wick Village Traders’ Association, which helped to stage the event with main organiser Julie Roby and her team at the Wick Information Centre, was delighted with the big turnout.
“I was quite shocked by the number of people,” he admitted. “The crowd was buzzing and Bobby was excellent.
“A lot of the youngsters knew of him and came down to see him, and it was just great to have a celebrity here, it’s raised the profile of Wick, big time.”
Roger added that the event, Wick’s first late-night shopping for several years, had been so successful it would continue from now on.
Other attractions included Christmas songs and carols with vocalist Liz Angioni and the Sparkles children’s variety group and graceful stilt walkers.
Three competitions were held, baby Archie Walters, just 15-weeks-old, winning the children’s fancy dress as a reindeer, Zac McNeil, six, making the best festive lantern – both these were judged by Littlehampton mayor Jill Long – and The Flower Shop awarded best dressed window prize by Bobby Lockwood.