PINGU, DJ Simon Hirst, Corrie's Jack P Shepherd and Bobby Hassell will all be in Barnsley to switch two sets of Christmas lights on.

On Wednesday, November 20, both Barnsley town centre and the Alhambra's lights will be switched on.

Town Hall 

From 5pm, Dearne FM will be playing all the Christmas classics to get people in the mood for the festive season before Mayor Ken Richardson, DJ Simon Hirst and Pingu switch on the lights.

The town centre will be illuminated at 6pm, followed by a fireworks display from the top of the Town Hall.

There will be live music from Barnsley band Undafret.

There will also be children's rides in the town centre and late night shopping until 7.30pm and Experience Barnsley will also be staying open until the same time.

The event will call for road closures to be in place from 9.30am to 10pm and vehicle users are asked to note that between these times the following roads will be affected:

Church Street (from Eastgate to Shambles Street)

Sadler Gate (full length) 

St Mary's Gate (full length)

A diversion will be in place along Old Mill Lane, Harborough Hill Road, Westway and Shambles Street.

Kendray Street (from Midland Street to Eldon Street), Eldon Street (full length) and Market Hill (full length) will also be closed between 5.55pm and 6.15pm.


Down at the Alhambra, Coronation Street's Jack P Shepherd, Reds legend Bobby Hassell and up and coming star Darren Sawdon will switch the shopping centre's lights on.

Jack, 25, who has played David Platt on the popular soap since 2000, will join the two local lads to turn them on from 6pm.