Britain’s Got Talent legend and comedy entertainer, Steve Royle, will be on hand to light up proceedings at the much-anticipated Layton Christmas Lights Switch-On at 6:30pm on Friday 26 November.

For many years, the residents of Layton have been one of the top visitors to the pantomime held each year at the Grand Theatre making the collaboration between Blackpool Grand Theatre and Layton Ward Councillors a natural partnership. The Grand Theatre will also work with the businesses in Layton to help promote the pantomime and welcome back Layton residents to the theatre to experience live Panto again during an extended break due to the pandemic.

Working with the Blackpool Illuminations team, Layton will be turned into a festive spectacle with Christmas features and the all-important Christmas Tree ready for the Christmas Lights Switch On, which this year will take place outside the Co-Op opposite Layton roundabout with lots of activities planned before the big switch-on by Steve Royle at 6.30pm.

Special celebrity guest, Steve Royle, said: “I’m looking forward to switching Layton Lights on this year, I always wanted to be an electrician and this is the closest I’ll get to achieving that dream. You can’t beat light entertainment!”

Layton Library will be one of the venues making a festive splash to support the Switch On including Snow White themed activities including painting, crocheting, knitting collages and the chance to enter a competition to win a family ticket for the panto itself.  There will also be a story-time and creative session from 10.30am for pre-schoolers and activities from 4pm for primary age, all taking place on Friday 26 November.

With lots more businesses in Layton looking to support the Christmas activities this year, Layton are really pulling the stops out to bring the festive sparkle for businesses and residents.

Cllr Martin Mitchell the Ward Councillor for Layton said: “As Layton’s Councillors, myself and Kathryn Benson are delighted to join with the Grand Theatre to light up Layton in style on November 26th. We are overjoyed that Steve Royle will once again be with us to flick the switch.”

This year’s pantomime will star Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street) as the Wicked Queen, and Grand Panto favourite Steve Royle (Britain’s Got Talent, Comic, Presenter) returns as Muddles, to make his annual appearance. The cast also includes Jamie Steen as Nurse, Chris Warner-Drake as Prince Frederick, and Ellie Green as Snow White.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs runs from 3 December 2021 to 2 January 2022.  To book tickets, call (01253) 290190, visit, or call in to the theatre on Church Street, Blackpool.




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