PICTURE GALLERY: Kettering Christmas lights switch-on

The lights are switched on in Kettering town centre
The lights are switched on in Kettering town centre

A Jake Wood super fan got to meet his EastEnders idol last night when he helped turn on Kettering’s Christmas lights.

Max Dunkley, 18, who attends The Cube Disability in the town, was given the chance after a hopeful tweet to the actor paid off.

Mr Wood, who plays love rat Max Branning in the soap, brought Max on stage with him to turn on the lights.

And Max says meeting his star was a dream come true.

He said: “I love EastEnders and Strictly and we knew he was coming to the town so we made him a card and tweeted him about it.

“He replied, we then took it a step further and arranged with the council to meet him, and we spent an hour with him before the lights were switched on.

“He invited me on to the stage with him off his own back and I was shocked but very excited and buzzing.

“I was a bit overwhelmed but very happy and I made my mum and nan proud.

“The lights were really nice and all of the people were really nice to me, and I would like to say thank you to them.”

The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk, which is being performed at the Lighthouse Theatre this December, were also on stage, along with hosts Liz and Mark from Connect FM, singers The Hotsie Totsies, Nigel Adair and Kettering Buccleuch Academy winner Ebony Sturgess, and magic from Jamie Docherty.