The main show started with the manna community gospel choir singing, Starburst Academy danced on the lower mall, then a Hackney beat boxer Lyrikal who made it onto the BBC’s 'The Voice' contestant know as 'Lyrikal'.
The Voice semi-finalist Lyrickal shared a cover of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ among others with hundreds of people in the crowd.
Lyrickal is curently working on his upcoming album, still untitled, which will be a mix of covers and originals he has been working on. Unfortunately, it’s not a Christmas album!
The event took place indoors on the upper mall bridge.
Watford FC players 'Troy Deeney' and three more held a signing session in the centre from 5.30pm and fans brought along items they’d like them to autograph. The signing session took place on the lower mall. Video here
The lights were switched on at 8pm an hour later than scheduled, by the winner of the Christmas Star search 2016, 4 year old Bella-Rose, as voted for by INTU shoppers - who was joined on stage by Chris Stark (originally from Watford and went to Boys Grammah School) and the Watford FC players who will all be pressing the red button to officially light up the centre and kick off the spectacular fireworks display.
Bella-Rose is a 4 year old from Hemel Hempstead who was just beaten cancer for the second time and is currently recovering from a bone marrow transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her family are hoping she will return home in the coming weeks, where she hopes to go back to school to see all her friends. Bella-Rose’s mum has also ran the London Marathon to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.
Bella-Rose is described as an amazing, brave and inspiring little girl.She was nominated by a family friend, Amanda.
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