NOMINATIONS are already pouring in for an inspirational youngster to switch on the Christmas lights in Stafford next month.
Four girls and one boy aged six to 11 have been nominated for the honour of pushing the button in Market Square on November 23.
More than 10,000 people packed in to Market Square last year to watch Olympic torchbearers and six-time Olympic archer Alison Williamson to turn on the lights.
And in previous years the honour was given to the late hero police officer David Rathband, who was left blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, and running paramedic Ray Edensor who has raised thousands of pounds for seriously ill children.
This year Stafford Borough Council decided a special child should be given the opportunity.
Nominees could include a young person who has show courage by overcoming an illness or disability, a sporting star of the future or a child who is proving themselves to be a leader in other fields, such as at school or in a community group.
To nominate put forward the name of the child, who should be aged five to 16 and live, go to school in or be associated with Stafford Borough in some way.
They have to be available on November 23 and full contact details should be provided along with details of the person nominating them. The closing date for entries is November 1.