Leven lights ceremony to have the Xmas Factor

Jade Richards and Colin Malcolm
Jade Richards and Colin Malcolm

LEVEN has secured two of the area’s most talented current music performers to bring some ‘star quality’ to the town’s Christmas light’s switch on.

Local X Factor singers Jade Richards and Colin Malcolm have both agreed to perform outside the Caledonian Hotel from 4.30pm on the High Street this Saturday.

They will each perform three tracks, before the Rose Queen Rebecca Balfour fulfils her duty by switching the lights on.

Jade, who reached the judges’ houses stage of the X Factor in 2011, and made it as far as bootcamp this year, said she can’t wait to perform for a home crowd.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she told the Mail.

“I’m doing an acoustic set with Keir, my guitarist.

“I’m looking forward to doing something finally at home as everything I usually do is further afield, so it will be nice to do something in the community.

“A lot of young folk are always asking ‘where can we come and see you play?’

“We’ll be doing two modern songs and then a Christmas one at the end.”

Colin, who once supported Elton John while playing with band Healthy Minds Collapse, went solo for this year’s X Factor competition and, like Jade, got as far as the bootcamp stages – thanks to his rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Angel’, which even made judge Gary Barlow cry.

Colin said: “For me, I have always played in a band. I played the drums, so not a lot of people have got to hear me sing. So now it’s giving me a chance to get out and sing and I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m doing three acoustic songs, with another two guys on guitar.

“I’ve got a few songs which I’m thinking I’m going to sing, but they’re not confirmed yet.”

Securing both Jade and Colin is quite a coup for the organisers, led by Councillor Alistair Hunter, who stepped in at the last minute when it looked like Leven wouldn’t have any Christmas lights – never mind a switch on celebration.

“I’d like to say how much of an honour and delight it is to have Colin and Jade do this for Leven and the area,” he said.

“It is really, really important we don’t need to go to fancy companies to get second-rate talent when we have real stars on our doorstep.

“Folk wanted to see the gig happen and these guys have stepped up to the plate. It’s awesome.”

Despite securing Jade and Colin, Cllr Hunter has maintained tradition and the lights will be turned on by the Rose Queen follwing her parade through the town, which will be led by local MSP Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

The live entertainment will start on the High Street at 4.30pm but there will be something going on throughout the day.

There will be a Santa’s grotto and bouncy castle from 11am, face painting from 3pm, and Mountfleurie Primary School choir will also be performing.