A YOUNG girl who has used her singing talent to raise hundreds of pounds for charity will sing at Redcar Christmas lights switch-on, on Saturday.

Rayven Skye Masters, of Redcar, wowed judges when she won the Redcar and Cleveland’s Got Talent competition which led to her being asked to sing on the big day.

She will be joined by professional singers during the all-day event which will include street entertainment, choir singing, vintage singers, markets, parades, Father Christmas and much more.

The day starts at 10am and a highlight will be a children’s fancy dress competition and children across the borough are being asked to take part. Rayven, who is due to perform at 4pm, explained that she regularly entertains elderly and disabled people and she has raised more than £1,000 for charity.

“I can honestly say she has been singing since she was two years old and first heard Beyoncé,” said mum, Louise. “And she hasn’t stopped since. Her singing really helped when she was being bullied for a time at primary school and the song closest to her heart is Warrior by Demi Lovato. Now she has friends who come to see her perform and she is excited about this Christmas.

Other highlights of the big day, hosted by Zetland FM, include Santa in his grotto from 10am to 6pm on the High Street and street entertainment throughout the day will include stilt walkers and food and drink stalls.

The fancy dress competition will follow Rayven’s performance and Santa will turn on the lights at 5pm.

There will then be a performance from professional ‘vintage’ singers, The Lipsticks, a Christmas sing-a-long and a rousing performance by the Paula Odel Mega Choir. The fun will continue into the evening with festive entertainment in cafes and bars.

To get involved in the fancy dress competition, children simply need to turn up in a Christmas-themed outfit and they will be called to the stage following Rayven’s performance at 4pm.

Tomorrow, Thursday, also in the east Cleveland area, a Christmas market will be held in Eston from 12-6pm with children's entertainment from 3-6pm.

Marske Christmas Festival, Santa Parade and Craft Fair is also held tomorrow, with a lights-switch on at 5.30pm and a Santa parade with real reindeer, a funfair and more.

To find out more about Christmas events happening over the festive period, visit: www.enjoyredcarcleveland.co.uk