Stage is set for Adam's finale in Phoenix Lane
RISING pop star Adam Isaac, who impressed Sir Tom Jones during his stint on BBC talent show The Voice, is to switch on Tiverton's Christmas lights.
The former Uffculme School pupil wowed millions of television viewers with his performances on the hit TV show but is returning to his Mid Devon roots to switch on the town's lights on Saturday, November 24.
Adam will flick the switch in the culmination of five hours of festive fun and follow up with a performance on the stage in Phoenix Lane, the centre of all the action.
The day promises a packed programme with stage performances, parades and events for all the family throughout the town.
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Securing the singer was a big coup for the town said Councillor Sue Griggs, chairman of Tiverton Town Council's Christmas lights committee.
"He's clearly a big draw at the moment. He is doing the lights switch on for both Torquay and Exeter. It will be a fantastic event for our town and lots of fun," she said.
Adam, who was coached by Sir Tom in the BBC show, made it as far as the quarter finals. He has built up a strong following in the South West in recent years and after his success on The Voice he released the album Train Tracks last month.
Dancers, pop bands, a schools lantern parade and a hog roast are just some of the attractions lined up for the lights switch on programme.
The day's events begin at 2pm with a session of Christmas carols led by Tiverton Operatic Society followed by on-stage performances from local singer Ria Lizzie, a theatrical presentation from the Willow Tree Project and a set from Blundell's School Soul Band.
Exeter pop group The Boys from Melbourne Street, and two local bands, Cross Border and Stay Lucky will also feature on stage during the afternoon and early evening as will Exe Valley Voices choir. The Katy Baker Community Choir and Dance Destination will also be putting on performances.
In the build up to the lights switch-on, 13 local schools will join together for Tiverton in Bloom's lantern parade through the town beginning at 5.45pm followed by a parade from the North Devon Pipes and Drums. Adam will be on stage shortly before 7pm for the switch on followed by a performance from the singer.
There are plenty of other activities including a hog roast in Phoenix Lane at 6pm, mulled wine provided by the Rotary Club, hot chestnuts, candy floss and a number of activities up in the market area including a performance from Blundells Junior school choir.
"The lights committee has been working hard all year to make this a memorable event for the town and the support for organising the Christmas lights switch-on has been tremendous," said Cllr Griggs.
"It promises to be a tremendous time and we just want to see the town have a lovely day. Most of the shops and market stalls will be staying open late," she added.