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BBC star presses the right buttons

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

  • Above: Adam Isaac switches on the illuminations, Inset, Tiverton High School pupil Dani Hernandez, 15, was one of many who worked hard to create lanterns for the parade marcus thompson EXMT20121119F-002_C.JPG

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DESPITE a deluge of rain, people in Tiverton were still determined to get into the festive spirit as they turned out to watch musician Adam Isaac turn on the town's Christmas lights.

Local boy-done-good Adam, who shot to fame on BBC talent show The Voice, pressed the button to switch on the lights before entertaining the crowd with a musical set.

He was joined on stage by two musicians to perform tracks from his new album as well as some covers radically different from the original versions. Adam said he had enjoyed performing at the event and stayed behind after to sign CDs and pose for photographs with young fans.

A series of local bands performed on the stage in Phoenix Lane throughout the day, but the crowds really turned out in force prior to the turning on of the Christmas lights.

Mayor of Tiverton Cllr Tom Lindus praised all those who had braved the heavy rain to watch the spectacle.

From the stage, he said: "There are so many people here I cannot see the top of Phoenix Lane anymore."

The planned lantern parade involving up to 300 schoolchildren was a victim of the weather, with organisers taking the decision to cancel on Friday afternoon due to a Met Office forecast of strong winds and heavy rain.

Town clerk John Vanderwolfe said the cancellation was disappointing for youngsters in the town but it was hoped that the sculptures could somehow be incorporated within part of a similar pre-Christmas event.

Pipers and drums still paraded through the town shortly after the lantern procession was due to finish, and there was more music from Blundell's School junior choir who performed carols in Market Walk.

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