Irvine’s Christmas lights switch-on will have a real celebrity this year with homegrown Voice star Craig Forsyth set to sing at the show.

The Irvine singing sensation says he felt “honoured” to perform for his hometown alongside a wealth of entertainment planned in the high street from 3.30pm until 9pm on Sunday, December 1.

Organisers are promising a “sea of lights” through the high street after Irvine Special Events Forum was awarded £30,000 for the big event.

Craig Forsyth, who will release his festive EP titled Christmas on December 2, said: “It felt very surreal to be asked, obviously I always go to the Christmas lights, so it’s a dream come true and an absolute honour.

Irvine Times: Craig Forsyth at Castlepark PrimaryCraig Forsyth at Castlepark Primary

“I’m looking forward to seeing everybody there, I love Christmas, it’s a magical time for me, I love the nostalgia about it and bumping into everyone.

“The support I’ve had from everybody has been phenomenal.

“It’s a year since I was doing the battle rounds on the show - although that didn’t air until this year - so it kind of feels it’s came full circle.”

Alongside The Voice star, BBC’s All Together Now singer/songwriter Laura B will be singing at the show.

There will be a fun fair in the town centre, a nativity scene on display at Caledonia House balcony above Iceland and a special photo prop for families to capture a magical moment together.

This year, council manager Jim McHarg will switch on the lights, after wee legend Jackson Waddell did the honours in 2018.

Jim, who is set to retire from North Ayrshire Council, worked with the Community Learning Development department for 30 years.