Christmas lights switch on raises funds for Alzheimer’s Charity

Well-wishers came together at Blackburn’s Christmas lights switch on to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society after ‘Songaminute Man’ Ted McDermott wowed the crowd.

A collection raising funds for the charity who helped singer Ted McDermott and his family was coordinated by the Freemasons at the town’s switch-on event (26th November).

The Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) and East Lancashire Masonic Lodge are donating £1203.17 raised on the night to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Manager of the Blackburn BID, Harriet Roberts, said: “The work done by the Alzheimer’s Society is so valuable and we are thankful to give something back to the charity who have helped support Ted and his family.”

Former Butlin’s Redcoat Ted McDermott, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2013, performed a series of hits in front of thousands who turned out to watch the town light up with festive cheer.

David Lightbown , Chairman of the East Ribble District of Freemasons said “Over the last few years we have made great inroads with our aims to promote our “Freemasonry in the Community Project” with our motto being “we’re here to care “. This has been achieved by supporting local charities and worthy causes , not only by financial donations but also by practical assistance, this event being another example of our initiatives as we continue with our objectives in the future.”

Anyone can donate to the Alzheimer’s Society by visiting

Pictured are representatives from Blackburn BID and the East Ribble District of Freemasons

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