Emmerdale bad boy to switch on Morecambe Christmas lights

Michael Parr (Ross Barton) with Verity Rushworth (Donna Dingle) in Emmerdale.
Michael Parr (Ross Barton) with Verity Rushworth (Donna Dingle) in Emmerdale.

A bad boy of TV soap Emmerdale will switch on the Christmas lights in Morecambe this Saturday (November 22).

Michael Parr, who plays Ross Barton in the ITV1 show, headlines a big day of events in the town including a Santa parade and a Dickensian festival.

Parr’s character was at the centre of a major storyline in Emmerdale this year surrounding the death of his on-screen girlfriend, Donna Dingle (played by Verity Rushworth).

The 27-year-old heartthrob will also switch on lights on Victoria Street as part of this weekend’s Dickensian 

Morecambe rock ‘n’ roll band The Paul Hayes Collection, fronted by TV personality Paul Hayes, will also perform in the Arndale starting at 1pm.

Santa Claus will parade down Victoria Street from 1.30pm,before arriving in his Grotto in the Arndale at 2pm.

The switch-on in the Arndale by Michael Parr will be at approximately 2pm, and the switch-on on Victoria Street will be at 6pm.

Characters from Red Rose Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society’s upcoming production of ‘White Christmas’ at the Winter Gardens will also be on hand. The switch-on coincides with the ‘Go Morecambe’ Dickensian Festival on Victoria Street and the Winter Gardens car park from 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

There will be Christmas crafts stalls, fairground rides, a bar and live music on the Winter Gardens car park.

The Dickensian Festival has been part-funded by Morecambe Town Team using funds given to the town as part of the Government’s ‘Mary Portas Pilot Town’ project.

Christmas lights have also been put up in the West End, paid for by Morecambe Town Council and the West End Community Partnership. There are also displays on Euston Road, Princes Crescent and Pedder Street funded by the town council.

Bands performing on the Melodrome stage at this weekend’s Dickensian Festival include:

Philip James Turner and The Crow Mandala

The Bobby Socks


The Kilcawley Family

Ryan Wallace from The Heartbreaks

Intensely Staring Cats

Cristian Dobson

Joe McCorriston

The Groove Cutters


The Hairpiece Suite

The Glass Poppies

Montana Wildhack

Check the Dickensian Festival Facebook page for more details.