X Factor star still on course to light up Sunderland after switch-on is rescheduled

Andrea Faustini.
Andrea Faustini.
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X Factor star Andrea Faustini will get a second chance to kick off Christmas in Sunderland.

The singer was supposed to press the all-important button tonight, but organisers pulled the plug amid fears over the tail-end of Storm Abigail, which is due to hit the region this evening.

Now organiser Sunderland Live has confirmed the ceremony will go ahead next week.

"We are thrilled to announce that Sunderland’s Christmas Lights Switch On event will take place on Tuesday, November 17, in Keel Square," said a spokeswoman.

"The event will run as before, from 6.30pm with Andrea Faustini coming along to press that all important button."