HE might not be anyone’s idea of Prince Charming, but Cinderella panto star Dustin the Turkey is set to switch on Limerick’s Christmas lights.
The turkey will be joined by his Cinderella - Leanne Moore - in lighting up the city for Christmas this year.
Dustin will attempt to fill the sizeable shoes of rugby icons Paul O’Connell and Jonah Lomu by turning on the lights next week, officially kick-starting Limerick ChristmasFest 2012.
The Eurovision turkey, who has had a staggering six multi-platinum selling albums and seven number one singles in Ireland, promised he might even sing a song at the event, which takes place at 4.30pm next Friday, November 16 on Thomas Street.
“I can’t wait to meet all the boys and girls on Thomas Street in Limerick,” said Dustin. “I am so excited to be the first ever member of Poultry to be given this honour. I will be singing some of my Christmas No1s that will be heard from Dooradoyle to Parteen and I might even give the beautiful Leanne a kiss under the mistletoe if she is lucky!”
Limerick’s Leanne could hardly stifle her excitement about being asked to turn on the Christmas lights in her home city.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be asked to turn on the Christmas lights this year, and not only excited but I’m also extremely humbled. This is a massive deal to me,” said the Cinderella star, which takes place in the UCH in December.
“I love Christmas, it’s my favourite time of the year - I also love Turkey so Dustin and I should get on very well!
“To be asked to fulfill such a huge role in my hometown means more than most would understand. It’s an absolute honour and an opportunity I’m very grateful for,” she added.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin, said the event “showcases Limerick at its best”.
“To have Cinderella and a turkey turning on Limerick’s Christmas lights is sure to entertain both young and old,” he said.
Limerick City Council have spent €100,000 in 2012 on the Christmas lights, creating new displays on William Street, Catherine Street and Thomas Street.
Ireland’s “first Christmas 3D features” will also make their debut in the city this year and will be installed at the Debenhams, Bedford Row and Roches Street junctions.
Limerick On Ice is also set to return, as well as Christmas craft markets, fairs and outdoor activities for children with free on-street parking every day from 2pm on December 8.
For full details visit Christmas in Limerick.