Matt Crooks was among the special guests who lit up Middlesbrough on Sunday at the switch-on of the Christmas lights.

Matt was joined by NHS worker Jane Rayner and the stars of Peter Pan at Middlesbrough Theatre on the stage for the return of the event.

"It was brilliant," said Matt. "Seeing all the community come together, all the different people, from everywhere, all different ages and it’s good to see.

"It’s Christmas so it’s time for family and friends especially the last two years with what’s been happening."

Matt followed in the footsteps of local lads Ben Gibson, Dael Fry, and Jonathan Woodgate, who have all previously switched on the lights, along with Teesside favourite George Friend.

Photograph courtesy of Terry Blackburn