STEPS star Faye Tozer will get Sunderland into the spirit of Christmas when she switches on the city’s festive lights.
The 90s pop star will flick the switch at 6pm on Thursday, November 13.
It’s a proud honour for Faye who happily considers herself to be an adopted Mackem after moving to the region with Sunderland-born husband Michael Smith five years ago.
Faye, 38, who lives in West Boldon, said: “I am delighted to be a part of this year’s Christmas Light switch on to celebrate the city’s improvements and bring the season in with a sparkle.”
She will be joined for the light show by Sunderland Mayor Councillor Stuart Porthouse and a star from the Empire Theatre’s Christmas pantomime.
Coun Porthouse added: “Our annual light switch-on has long been recognised as a spectacular, bright and colourful event that begins our countdown to Christmas.
“Lights at Christmas always help remind us of how welcoming the festive season is and our switch-on is a fantastic family and community occasion for everyone to enjoy”
The event which will be held at the Crowtree site, will see the switch on preceded by a full stage programme.
The evening’s entertainment will feature this year’s City Sings winners, East Herrington Primary School Choir and Eclipse, Southmoor Secondary School Choir as well as the rhythm and blues tones of The Revolutionaires.
The light switch-on will culminate with a firework display.
Chris Alexander, chief operating officer at Sunderland Live, which is organising the event, said: “The Christmas Lights Switch On is a special event in Sunderland’s calendar as it marks the beginning of our full Christmas programme which will run right up until January 6.”