The Rock Shopping Centre is searching for a "local hero" to switch on its Christmas lights this year.

The Bury town centre shopping destination will be holding a community Christmas concert and lights switch-on event on Saturday, November 4.

The concert will run from 2pm to 5pm in partnership with Roch Valley Radio to pull together the festive event.

The "fun-filled" event, which is free to attend, will be hosted by former Tower FM breakfast presenter Jon Holling and will take place on a stage in St Johns Square, in front of The Range.

Groups from the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop, Bury Music Service and The Rock’s current partner charity, Liv’s Trust will feature.

On the day, the countdown will take place just before 5pm and the local hero will flick the switch to light up The Rock ready for the Christmas shopping period.

Nominations can be made through The Rock’s website from today, Tuesday, and the deadline for submissions is Friday, October 20.

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The Rock's centre director, Arnold Wilcox-Wood, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be holding our community Christmas concert and lights switch-on event this year.

“This event is all about the community and celebrating our rising stars, our charity partner and a local hero.

“This event will be very different to our previous switch-ons but it promises to be a fun-filled event which will bring together the people of Bury.

“It is the perfect opportunity to shine the spotlight on the local heroes which is why we are searching for a well deserving local star to help switch on this year’s lights.

“We look forward to receiving the nominations and we’re sure we’ll have our work cut out in choosing just one person to light up The Rock.”

The event marks the beginning of the Christmas season for The Rock.

A mystery gift photo opportunity will also arrive in the centre in December and visitors will be encouraged to share their festive snaps for the chance to win a Christmas prize.