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Cardiff Christmas Light Switch-On, 12 Nov 2008

Thousands of Cardiff families were delighted by celebrity guest appearances for the Cardiff Christmas light switch-on outside city hall yesterday (Wed).

Cardiff singer Mared Jarman, aged 14, opened the event with hymn Silent Night in both Welsh and English to get the crowd in the festive spirit.

Only Men Aloud, the Welsh winners of BBC’s Last Choir Standing, followed with a few songs including Christmas tune Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Children perched on parents shoulders, enthusiastically cheered as The Tweenies danced onto the stage and sung songs including S Club 7 hit Reach for the Stars. Andy Day and character Boo from new CBeebies show Treasure Hunt, got children excitingly shouting ‘he’s behind you!’ as they leapt around the stage.

The event also signalled the eighth opening of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland in front of city hall. The attraction includes an open-air ice rink, a Ferris wheel, helter-skelter and merry-go-round.

Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones who play Nessa and Bryn in award-winning sitcom Gavin and Stacey, later appeared on stage alongside Real Radio’s breakfast show DJs Angela Jay and Tony Wright for the 10-second countdown.

As Brydon and Jones pushed the big red button, applause came from the crowd. The Christmas lights illuminated and a three-minute firework display launched into the cold night sky.

As the hour long show came to a close at 6.30pm, Jones shouted ‘terrah’ to the crowd and the duo enthusiastically waved goodbye.

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