X Factor's Jamie Archer lights up Carlisle for Christmas
Last updated at 11:59, Monday, 19 November 2012
X Factor star Jamie ‘Afro’ Archer says he was amazed by the “great spirit” of the crowds who turned out to mark the official start of Carlisle’s countdown to Christmas.
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Dear A,I can see you made a comment about Jonny Higgins delivering Workington Christmas Lights and bringing his talents back to Carlisle - I believe that this year the Carlisle Christmas Lights was delivered by another event management company not based in the region, however their expertise and reputation in delivering large scale Christmas events is outstanding. They worked with the council to deliver a 'community led' event rather than spending our tax money on paying for overpriced artists - the Carlisle event wasn't about spending money, it was about involving the community in 'their' event - Christmas is about families, about the community - good on you Carlisle City Council!I can't believe the amount of negativity about this event - wake up you lot, this event allowed our own talent to have a moment to shine in front of our own crowd. Most of the suppliers at this event were Cumbria based - the event organisers could have brought in suppliers and entertainment from outside the region instead they kept our money within our own city - these suppliers pay tax that goes back into our economy.For once this event ran smoothly, no gaps waiting for the acts to get on stage and get ready, all the entertainment was so slick. The quality of this event was like something you would have seen in cities like Edinburgh, Manchester or London. We should be proud of this event instead of finding silly negatives to whinge about. Just think of how all those children would feel about the moaning u all are doing, this was a great day for them. Get some kindness and Christmas spirit back in your souls.My opinion was that it was a step forward for the city and events that are delivered, perhaps it may just bring tourists into our city and generate Â£Â£Â£Â£Â£
Paul M - local talent HAS been featured at past Carlisle "switch ons" - case in point being Andrew Johnston, who came so very close to winning Britain's Got Talent in 2008. Promo Girl performed on stage 2 years back and now - under the new name of The Future Kicks - are recording their debut album in London and Stevie D performed on stage this year.
@ A.Torchbearer on 20 November 2012 at 10:27Ashamed ? quite the opposite, I am proud that I live in a country where I can speak as I see. It is because of the sacrifice of people, such as those I have worked with (and helped to pick up the aftermath of) who are real heroes."lack of social awareness" Honestly, that is what you think, when did we meet for you to make this judgement?I am very fortunate to have worked with some real heroes, people who have been prepared to help others without any thought of their own safety, or lives. Being a torchbearer does not amount to 'heroic' in my book, or indeed the dictionary definition.I stand by my original comments.There are many many local bands who would have loved the chance to entertain the crowds, some would have done it for free, just for the exposure - and these are talented people, they play, write, and perform. I would like to see these talents given the opportunity rather than assault on the hearing that was Jamie Archer. The sets by Stageright were very good, and gives the locals a chance to perform.