Actor Mark Charnock, who plays the soap stalwart, will be in town on Sunday, November 24 to press the switch-on button, meet fans of the programme and sign autographs.
The actor, who joined the popular programme in 1996, is one of the show’s longest established characters.
Mark said this week: “Emmerdale is just remarkable at the moment. The Debbie, Chas, Cameron plot is one of those perfect long-burn stories for soaps. It is dramatic, sad, and funny at times. It is fantastic.”
Christmas Lights Committee chairman, councillor Tina Wren, said: “For many years people from Banbury and the surrounding area have been thrilled by TV celebrities coming to town to switch on the Christmas lights.
“We quickly discovered that soap characters were popular with people of all ages and we try every year to get a well-known face. This year is no exception. Mark Charnock who plays Marlon Dingle is one of the most recognisable faces on TV and we are sure he will be a hit with Banbury soap fans.
“Thanks to our sponsors, JLD Driver Training, Castle Quay, Smiths Of Bloxham, Right Results Project Management, JS Auctions, and Acreman’s Arboriculture,
“Banbury is one of the few towns to have a real celebrity to switch on the Christmas Lights and stay within budget. It is something that makes our switch-on very special.”
Mark will be joined on stage by Banbury’s Champion of Champions – someone who has devoted their life to helping others.
Banbury Christmas Lights Committee and Banbury Sound are organising a competition to find the ‘champion’ and nominations should be received by November 8 by email (not more than 300 words) to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org