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VIDEO AND PICTURES: Record crowds attend as Peter Andre switches on Springfields Christmas lights




Springfields Outlet attracted record numbers of visitors on Thursday to its 14th annual Christmas Lights Switch On event.

Singer, songwriter and TV presenter Peter Andre joined Heart FM’s breakfast presenters Kev and Ros and Father Christmas on stage to perform the switching on of the lights.

The crowds enjoyed free entertainment throughout the evening, including performances from the Holbeach Town Band and the local St Paul’s Community Primary School Choir.

Hundreds of lucky fans were then able to meet Peter Andre for selfies and autographs.

Springfields retail director Simon Stone said: “Yesterday, we saw our highest daily footfall to the centre for three years and a record breaking 6,000 visitors after 6pm, an increase of over 30 per cent on last year’s event.

"The recent additions of Joules, White Stuff and The Cosmetic Company bolstered the reason to come and we have more exciting openings in the pipeline.’’

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Fans queue for selfies and signing with Peter. Peter Andre created a lot of attention. Sophie Ground meets Peter Andre. Peter Andre switches on Springfields Christmas lights. Peter posed for pictures with fans. Peter and Santa. Peter was happy to pose for pictures. Peter Andre and Santa. Fans queue for pictures with Peter Andre. Peter meets the crowds. A family by the tree. Peter meets the crowds. Oliver and Harry with lights. Peter meets the crowds. Families by the tree. Peter meets the crowds. Chloe and Ella enjoy the festivities. Peter meets the crowds. The crowds for Peter Andre Peter meets the crowds. Peter and Kev from Heart FM. Peter meets the crowds. Peter Andre meets fans Josi Ransome and Joanna Mota. Fans queue for selfies and signings with Peter. The crowds at Springfields. Prizes for guessing five most famous Peters. Peter meets the crowds. Peter meets the crowds. Free Press and Guardian editor Jeremy Ransome was delighted to meet Peter Andre. Peter meets the crowds. Peter meets the crowds. The crowds at Springfields. Santa and one of his elves. The Springfields crowd. The crowds meet Santa. The crowds wait for Peter. Fans queue for selfies and signing with Peter. Santa meets St Paul's School Choir. First in the queue to meet Peter is Alison Norman. Santa with St Paul's School Choir. Alison Norman meets Peter. Crowds wait for Peter Andre. Fans meet Peter. Fans wait for Peter by the stage. Peter Andre mingles with the crowds. The crowd plays the most famous Peters game. Fans queue for selfies and signings with Peter. Crowds wait for Peter by the stage. Fans queue for selfies and signings. Playing the five most famous Peters game. Former Tulip Queen Daisy Bland with Helena and Sophie Ground. Peter Andre and Kev from Heart FM. Peter posed for selfies and pictures. Playing games before the switch-on. Peter meets his fans. Switching on the lights. Crowds wait for Peter Andre. Switching on the lights. Helena Ground meets Peter. Switching on the lights. Spalding Guardian and Free Press editor Jeremy Ransome chats to Peter Andre.

The Switch On event kick started Springfields Outlet’s winter season: Next Thursday sees the annual Firework and Music extravaganza, this year celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force. A limited number of early bird tickets are available online, saving up to 25 per cent.

Christmas late night shopping begins on Monday, November 19 with all stores open every weeknight to 9pm right up to Friday, December 21.



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