TO THE deafening sound of screaming fans, Britain’s got Talent duo Twist and Pulse switched on the Mablethorpe summer lights last Saturday.
With locals and tourists lining the streets, the switch-on parade made its way down Stanley Avenue before turning off towards the sea front. Twist and Pulse then appeared on the stage, declaring: “We’re ready to entertain you,” before strutting their dance moves.
The duo performed some of the routine which shot them to fame in the 2010 series of Britain’s Got Talent, where they finished runners-up.
Mayor Irene Burnett and Mayoress Janet Cook then joined the pair and Lincs FM’s Eddie Shaw, at the front of the stage where, at 9.50pm the countdown began. Seconds later the button was pressed and Mablethorpe was illuminated by the summer lights and an array of fireworks.
The switch-on was the culmination of a day of events including a craft market and beach cricket.
Town manager Karen Froggatt commented: “Twist and Pulse were a real hit, but thanks must also go to all those local organisations and businesses involved in making the 2011 illumination switch-on day a real success and one that local people should be proud to have been a part of.”
DJ Eddie Shaw, master of ceremonies on the stage, told the Leader: “I’ve now done three or four switch-ons in Mablethorpe but this is the biggest crowd I’ve seen. Twist and Pulse were excellent.”
After the fireworks, Twist and Pulse signed autographs and pictures behind the stage before being whisked away by a waiting car.
But some fans were left disappointed, many waited in Sharky’s Bar hoping the duo would sign autographs there but they did not appear. Sharky’s owner Richard Borthwick said: “Twist and Pulse should make arrangements to visit again and meet the fans properly as arranged while the summer season is going.”
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