Rhinos stars booked to light up Morley

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Rugby league fans in Morley are in for a treat as two Leeds Rhinos players have been booked to turn on the town’s Christmas Lights this year.

Players Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Stevie Ward will be joined by TV presenter Alex Simmons, who anchors Rugby AM on Made In Leeds TV to compere the show on Thursday, November 19 in the town centre.

The local station will also be covering the switch-on for viewers of the channel, meaning this year’s event is expected to be one of the most high profile ever.

Also providing entertainment on the evening will be a prominent Leeds DJ and a nativity performance from young members of the Salvation Army.

Town events manager Rachael Kennedy said: “I don’t think we’ve ever had such big names switching on the lights before and we’re expecting it to draw in quite a crowd.

“This year’s event will be extremely high profile as a result of Made In Leeds filming this for the television. It’s very good for Morley and it’s always good for local businesses, who often stay open late to enjoy the extra trade.”

The festivities begin at 5.30pm with a family-friendly funfair on Queen Street before the official switch on accompanied by a firework display at 7pm. A number of local troupes and acts will be providing entertainment for the crowds in the meantime.

Last year’s switch-on was graced by Disney characters Princess Elsa and Princess Anna from the hit film Frozen .

Mrs Kennedy added: “We’re expecting it to be very busy so I’d urge people to get down to the town centre early so they can take their place and enjoy the fun.”