SCREAMING teenagers greeted Coronation Street stars who switched on Durham’s Christmas lights yesterday.
Jack P Shepherd, 19, who plays devil child David Platt in the ITV soap, performed the ceremony with co-stars Tina O’Brien, who plays his sister Sarah, and her on-screen partner, Jason Grimshaw, played by Ryan Thomas.
An estimated 4,000 packed the city’s Market Place for the switch-on, after which the actors walked off stage to speak to some of their admirers.
An ecstatic Kelly Johnson, 15, from Brandon, Durham, said: “I shook Jason Grimshaw’s hand. How cool is that!”
Ed Tutty, from Durham City Council, described the switch-on as a huge success.
He added: “They are three lovely people.
“When I spoke to them beforehand, they were amazed how many people had turned up to see them.
“They expected a few hundred but 4,000 was marvellous.
“It is an excellent day for the city’s shops, having so many people about.”
The switch-on was preceded by entertainment includ- ing an appearance by the stars of the panto at Durham’s Gala Theatre and Irish band The Wildcats of Kilkenny.
Durham is building a reputation for attracting top soap stars.
Last year two Coronation Street villains Tracy Barlow and Charlie Stubbs, played by Kate Ford and Bill Ward, switched on the city’s Christmas lights.