Christmas Lights Switch On 2017

Coronation Street Actor Antony Cotton to turn on Salisbury Christmas Lights!

The Salisbury Christmas Lights will officially be switched on by the popular Coronation Street star Antony Cotton.Anthony Cotton Salisbury

Antony has played the part of Sean Tully since 2004 in the popular soap that regularly attracts 8 million viewers per episode. He has won a number of awards for his role including: Most Popular Newcomer at the National Television Awards, Best Newcomer at the Inside Soap Awards and Funniest Performance. At the 2007 British Soap Awards, Antony was awarded the Best Actor award, which was voted for by the public. Also in 2007 he won Best Actor at the Inside Soap Awards.

Born in Manchester in 1975, Antony is Ambassador for the Manchester united Foundation, Veteran’s Garage, SSAFA and local Tidworth charity Help For Heroes.

He is also Patron for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity & Manchester Pride.

Last week, ITV bosses confirmed that Antony would be appearing on the 2018 return of Dancing on Ice, he is partnered with professional skater newcomer Brandee Malto, a 37-year-old skater from the USA.

The Christmas Lights Switch On Event takes place in Salisbury’s historic Market Place on Thursday 16 November from 6pm – 8pm with the lights switched on at 7pm.

Antony will be joined on stage by the Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr John Lindley and Father Christmas for the official countdown.
On visiting Salisbury next week, Antony said, “I am so excited to be coming to Salisbury, I am so passionate about my military charities and I know how important the military community is to the City. I cannot wait to see everyone as we count down to the official start of Christmas in Salisbury!”


The event schedule is as follows: (Please note all timings may be subject to change)

6pm – Event starts

6.05pm – Stagecoach Salisbury

6:20pm Father Christmas Live on Stage

6.25pm – Tom & The Clementynes

6.45pm Mayor of Salisbury Cllr John Lindley

6.50pm Blessing from the Acting Dean of Salisbury Cathedral Canon Edward Probert

6.50pm Coronation Street Star Antony Cotton live on stage!

7pm – Countdown to Christmas Lights Switch On

7pm – Fireworks

7.15pm – Soul Strutters

8pm – Event Ends

How to get here:

All Wiltshire Council car parks are free after 6pm, Culver Street Car Park is free after 3pm - In order to avoid heavy congestion and delays getting into and out of the City Centre we would advise you to use the FREE shuttle bus, please see information below.


There will be a road closure in place for the event, this will affect Bus services that normally pick up and drop off in Blue Boar Row - Please visit for more information.

Salisbury City Council have organised FREE Park & Ride Shuttle Buses from all 5 Park & Ride sites for full details please visit


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