Christmas Lights switch-ons are held at this time of year across the country, regularly by regionally popular and well-known celebs. But at this event in Lancashire, a soap star got overexcited and left children in tears.
Ex-Hollyoaks actor Paul Danan was turning on the festive lights in Preston in 2007 when he swore several times in front of a crowd including hundreds of children.
While on stage, Paul, who was on the Chester soap opera from 1997 to 2001, asked the crowd to “make some f***ing noise” among other swearing.
The then-council leader Ken Hudson branded his comments as a “disgrace”, according to BBC reports at the time.
The actor was spoken to by police after the outburst and given an £80 on-the-spot fine.
A spokeswoman for Paul said at the time that he apologised for “his use of highly inappropriate language” and said he “deeply regretted his behaviour”.
She added: “In his attempt to enthuse the crowd present, the words were blurted out without consideration. His intention was certainly not to cause any offence or upset to anyone.”
That Christmas, Paul was due to play Jack in a pantomime production of Jack and the Beanstalk and was set to start rehearsals on the Monday after the vent.
But the backlash from the crowd at the sweary switch-on led to him being sacked before he ever got to set foot on stage.
Then-Councillor Ken Hudson said: “His outburst was a disgrace and an insult to the people of Preston.
“Pantomime is all about family fun and entertainment and we want families to come to the pantomime and have a great time.
“We’re now looking for a new actor to play Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk – someone who will wow the audience, but treat them with respect.”