TRIBUTE acts to pop stars George Michael, Dua Lipa and Meghan Trainor will turn on the lights at Whitehaven's Christmas event.

They will be joined by Whitehaven's mayor Graham Roberts for the ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, November 18.

This year's event will see dozens of performances by local acts, with shows beginning on the CFM stage at 12pm until the lights switch-on at 6.30pm.

Charles Maudling, one of the organisers, said: "I'm very much looking forward to it, it's a highlight of the year.

"We'd like to thank Whitehaven Town Council for their grant, and then we've done the rest of the fundraising ourselves."

On stage, there will be a Bounce Fitness class, a performance of songs from charity CDs by Parkinson's UK and the Salvation Army and games and giveaways from CFM.

That will be followed by the Meghan Trainor tribute, songs and signing from West Cumbria Down's Syndrome group, Stage Stars Dance School, Soundwave and Pop Steps Dance Academy.

The event will come to a climax with shows from the George Michael and Dua Lipa tribute acts.

There will be 32 stalls, open from 10am, on King Street, a funfair provided by Taylor's and a land train around St Nicholas Gardens, with a Harry Potter tribute on board.

Father Christmas and his sleigh will also be in the gardens while Whitehaven Brass Band will be in the market area throughout the day. More acts are to be confirmed.

Lowther Street and roads leading towards it will be closed between 8am and 7pm.

Copeland Council and Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners are both offering free parking in the car parks they run on the day. The council throughout the day; the harbour commissioners from midday.

This includes the council's School House Lane, Senhouse Street, Whitehaven Sports Centre, Copeland Centre, The Beacon Museum and North Shore and the commissioners' Quay Street North, Quay Street South, Wellington Inn, Tangier Street and Queens Dock.

Copeland mayor Mike Starkie said: “We’re pleased to be joining Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners in supporting what is sure to be a tremendous event for Whitehaven.

"The organisers of the lights switch-on event deserve every credit for the work they put in to host this family event, and I’m sure it will kick off the festive season in style.”

This year's window dressing competition theme is 'Deck the Halls', judging will be on Monday, November 26.