Celebrity named for Skegness’ Summer Switch On

Jake Quickenden will switch on Skegness' summer illuminations.
Jake Quickenden will switch on Skegness' summer illuminations.

Singer and reality television star Jake Quickenden has been named as this year’s celebrity to switch on Skegness’ illuminations that will take place on Saturday, August 8.

Jake, a contestant on the ninth and eleventh series of The X Factor in 2012 and 2014, before being runner-up in ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ in December 2014, will attend the grand celebrations, which draws in thousands of people to the seaside resort.

The event is being organised by The Skegness Partnership and is sponsored by the Hildreds Shopping Centre, Butlins, ELDC, Skegness Town Council, The Royal Renaissance Hotel and the Skegness Chamber of Trade.

Hildreds centre manager, Steve Andrews, said: “The Hildreds sponsor this event every year and we are really delighted to be involved in such as huge event for Skegness. It will be a fun filled day with lots going on including performances by Lisa Jay’s Stage Institute, Men in Shorts – Bavarian Umpa band and No Direction. We are looking forward to welcoming Jake to Skegness, the public will love him.”

John Chappell, who is in charge of the Illuminations Committee, commented: “The summer switch on in Skegness is a massive event for the whole town with months of planning and preparation. It is always well attended and with Jake coming on board this year, we are expecting it to be even bigger. The Partnership would like to thank all the sponsors.”