STARS, characters and competition winners have all had the honour of switching on Worcester's Christmas lights over the years.

Traditionally the lights switch on has been held on a week night and last year it had to be a muted affair with no crowds because of Covid.

Ahead of this year's big light switch on event later this month we've taken a trip down memory lane to remind ourselves of the guest stars that have had the all-important job.

Britain's Got Talent star Charlie Green was the star attraction at the 2009 lights switch on.

The singer, 13 at the time, switched on the lights with competition winner Ellesse Probert-Smith after a performance of Walking in A Winter Wonderland to the crowds.

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The Mayor of Worcester, Coun Allah Ditta, and Worcester News competition winner eight-year-old Katherin Munn, switched on the lights with the help of Pudsey the Bear in 2004.

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Eight-year-old Elizabeth Sliwa, from Nunnery Wood Primary School, was the lucky winner of the Worcester News competition to help the Mayor of Worcester, Coun Robert Rowden, turn the lights on in 2002.

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In the run up to Children in Need in 2016 Pudsey the Bear took time out of his busy schedule to switch on the lights, with the help of Major Paul Denham.

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And in 2005 competition winner Jack Suttie helped film star Shrek turn on the Christmas lights.

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