Ashley Taylor Dawson to Switch on Keighley’s Christmas Lights

Hollyoaks’ and BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Ashley Taylor Dawson is set to switch on the Christmas Lights for Keighley on Sunday 1st December, in what is set to be an event to remember.

The event which is being jointly organised and run by Keighley BID and the Airedale Shopping Centre, will feature a day full of festive entertainment including a life-size animatronic polar bear named Bjorn, live entertainment and free giveaways.

BID Manager Paul Howard said “We wanted to do things a little differently this year so decided to reach out to the public through the Keighley News to find a deserving young person, and give them the VIP treatment for an event they wont forget, spending the day shopping with £250, meeting our celebrity and getting to switch on the lights. It’s going to be a very hard decision just choosing one as there are lots of deserving recipients. Nominations should be in by 5pm on Friday 15th November by emailing

Shopping Centre Manager Steve Seymour said “Really pleased and looking forward to meeting Ashley at the event and I’m sure his autograph session in the Airedale Shopping Centre will be extremely popular. Timings for the autograph session are to be confirmed so keep checking the websites and social media for updates. The extra element of a local Young Hero is something we haven’t tried before at this event and the response we’ve had back has been phenomenal. We’re going bigger than ever this year and finishing things off with a spectacular fireworks display from national award winning and Keighley based Optimum Fireworks. ”

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