Joe Sierra, a red Indian chief, was flown from America to turn on the lights partly thanks to a Yorkshire Evening Post campaign spearheaded by YEP journalist and columnist John Thorpe. Quite why, no one is entirely sure.
When Mickey Mouse pulled out Danny La Rue stepped in and then pulled out when council leaders refused to let him drag himself up as Margaret Thatcher. Melanie Hill, aka Aveline in TV comedy Bread, filled the gap.
Noel Edmonds arrived with Mr Blobby and was counting down to turning the lights on when it came to the organisers attention that, by accident, the illuminations had already been accidentally lit.
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Magician Paul Daniels may have been the household name pressing the button but it was boyband Bad Boys Inc who caused a stir when their appearance saw 10 girls in the audience instantly faint.
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