CHRISTMAS lights are twinkling in the district, but there have been no celebrity guests turning them on this year.

So we’ve looked back at some of the stars turning on Bradford’s festive lights over the years.

From Biggins to Beefy, celebrities turned out for the big switch-on.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Billy Pearce... and Bradford’s favourite funnyman switched on the lights in 1994, with a little help from Aladdin’s lamp.

Singer and actress Dannii Minogue switched on Bradford’s lights in 1991 - back then she was in Australian soap Home and Away, long before she became an X Factor judge. The year before, in 1990, saw the unlikely pairing of Welsh singer Max Boyce and cricket legend Ian Botham, who used a giant cricket bat to turn on the festive lights.

In November, 1986 Bonnie Langford joined Santa for Bradford’s Christmas lights switch-on and in 1988 it was the turn of Christopher Biggins to light up the city, drawing quite a crowd.

And in 1996 Coronation Street’s Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth, crossed the border from Weatherfield to do the honours. another Corrie star, Ken Morley, who played Reg Holdsworth, turned on the lights in 1993.

In 2004 crowds turned out to welcome Bradford’s pop hero Gareth Gates, who returned to his home city to switch on the festive lights and give a live performance. And back in 1984 Bradford City hero Stuart McCall thrilled fans with a kickabout before switching on the Christmas lights.