From a cult hero to a chart-topping popstar, we asked our social media followers who they wanted to see turn on the 2023 Norwich Christmas lights.

The switch-on will take place outside City Hall on Thursday, November 16 at 7pm, with the special guest yet to be announced. 

There will be free entertainment from 5.30pm until 7.15pm, which will include a visit from Father Christmas. 

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While there is no Tunnel of Light this year, due to the works on Hay Hill, there will be festive decor in more areas. 

Norwich City Council works with Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) each year to light up the city.

These were your most popular suggestions of who should turn on the lights in 2023: 

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1. A local volunteer or schoolchild 

There were a few suggestions to ditch having a celebrity turn the Christmas lights on and instead ask a local volunteer or Norwich schoolchild. 

Becky Rudling commented on our Facebook post: "One of the hundreds of overlooked volunteers that dedicate their lives to helping the people of Norwich. They are the ones that make Norwich a fine city."

Charlene Taggart said: "Why not get the local schools to do a competition for a child to do the switch-on that would be lovely and the memories for that child would last a lifetime." 

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2. Orlando Williams

Local cult hero Orlando Williams, who may or may not run a restaurant in Earlham Road, was by far the most popular choice for switching on the lights.

He has even inspired a tabletop game, called 'Orlando: Rebel Without a Restaurant', which is the latest city craze. 

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3. Delia Smith

Celebrity chef Delia Smith, who is the joint majority shareholder of Norwich City FC with her husband Michael Wynn-Jones, was one of the suggestions.

We imagine that she would shout out 'let's be havin' you' before pressing the switch and illuminating the city. 

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4. Martin Shaw

Actor Martin Shaw, who lives in Norfolk, is best known for his roles in Judge John Deed, The Professionals, The Chief and Inspector George Gently.

He is also the patron of Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Frettenham.

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5. Ed Sheeran

Some of our social media followers suggested chart-topping singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran as the 2023 celebrity guest.

However, Suffolk-born Sheeran, who is also a huge Ipswich Town FC fan, would be much more likely to switch the lights on across the county border. 

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6. Alan Partridge

Actor Steve Coogan's most famous character has a long association with Norwich.

While it looks unlikely he will turn the Christmas lights on, Partridge is at Waterstones in the city on November 11 for a book signing. 

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7. The Puppet Man

Eccentric street entertainer The Puppet Man, aka David Perry, can often be seen performing outside Primark in Gentleman's Walk.

Over the years, he has become one of Norwich's most recognisable characters.