Rebecca Ferguson as she
prepares to switch on the lights
Thousands of residents braved the
cold weather last night (Thursday) to watch former X Factor
finalist Rebecca Ferguson turn on the Christmas Lights at the
Ashford Designer Outlet.
Shoppers were treated to an evening
of entertainment, live musical performances and festive cheer, with Father
Christmas and his team of reindeer providing family-friendly
Singing star Rebecca, who
suffered a fashion faux pas while on stage, performed songs from
her album Heaven to the excited crowd.
Taking it all in her
stride, smiling and laughing, Rebecca said: "Typical
Scouse girl wearing false eyelashes but its so windy they’re
"I’ll loose my weave soon!"
Of the night, she later added:
"It was good, it was fun, but it was windy.
“I love Christmas and it was nice
seeing everyone getting excited.
"I hadn’t heard of Ashford
before, but it looked lovely as I was driving in - it looks
South Willesborourgh resident
Michelle Shaw won VIP tickets to go backstage and meet Rebecca
after her performance.
Michelle said: "I think she is
brilliant. I’ve liked her since day one on the X Factor - she
is a credit to British music.
"It was very cold but definitely
A star studded line-up joined
Rebecca on the night, including Britain’s Got Talent
, five piece girl group Parade
, and boy
, who featured on the X Factor this year.
Miss Ferguson took to the stage
at 7pm to perform three songs, including Backtrack and Nothing’s
Real But Love, before pushing the plunger to light up the shopping
centre, in Kimberley Way.
Also performing on the night was
2007 X Factor finalist Ben Mills, who went to school in
Ben said: "It’s very exciting
coming to the Outlet Centre. I used to do my Christmas shopping
here every year, and it’s always nice to see Rebecca
Kent-based Ben is currently
touring with the band Cregan & Co, which features
Rod Stewart’s original guitarist and sometime songwriting partner,
For a full report and picture
special, see next week's Kentish Express, out on Thursday, November
For more information on the
Ashford Designer Outlet, click here