13 stars who switched on Sunderland Christmas lights - how many do you remember?

Mickey Rooney was the unlikely star who switched on Sunderland Christmas lights in 2007.
Mickey Rooney was the unlikely star who switched on Sunderland Christmas lights in 2007.

The news that pop star Pixie Lott will switch on Sunderland Christmas lights this year got us rifling through our archives to see which other stars have performed the honours.

Here's a list of who's switched the lights on in recent years - and it includes one or two surprises.

Pop star Pixie Lott to switch on Sunderland's Christmas lights

* Do you remember any more celebs who switched on Sunderland's lights in years gone by? Let us know.