Remembering the stars who came out to help get Hartlepool in the Christmas spirit

It was Chico time in 2006 when he switched on the lights at the Castle Dene Centre in Peterlee.
It was Chico time in 2006 when he switched on the lights at the Castle Dene Centre in Peterlee.

We’ve welcomed a fair share of stars to the area to switch on the Christmas lights over the years.

So here’s a reminder of some of the celebrities who have graced the festive stages and brought the crowds out.

Jeff Hordley got the crowd in the Christmas spirit when he performed the Hartlepool lights switch-on in 2004.

Jeff Hordley got the crowd in the Christmas spirit when he performed the Hartlepool lights switch-on in 2004.

The most recent of our line-up is Joey Essex who got the Hartlepool lights switch-on task in 2015.

Another town favourite was Jeff Hordley who got the crowd into the festive mood when he was the guest of honour in 2004.

In 2006, Chico wowed the audience at the Peterlee lights ceremony and a year later, the Cheeky Girls performed the job.

There’s been many more besides such as X Factor stars, celebrities from the Gladiator TV show, and soap actors galore.

The Cheeky Girls were the special visitors to Peterlee in 2007 and they got a huge crowd for their lights switch-on.''''''CATCHLINE HM4807CHEEKYGIRLS

The Cheeky Girls were the special visitors to Peterlee in 2007 and they got a huge crowd for their lights switch-on.''''''CATCHLINE HM4807CHEEKYGIRLS

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Joey Essex and the Leader of Hartlepool Council Coun. Christopher Akers-Belcher at the lights switch-on.

Joey Essex and the Leader of Hartlepool Council Coun. Christopher Akers-Belcher at the lights switch-on.