Elaine and Patricia are Robbie Williams' AngelsBy Paul Cassell
November 16, 2012
Two lucky ladies joined pop superstar Robbie Williams and a host of stars to turn on the Christmas lights in London’s Oxford Street.
Elaine Charlson and Patricia Taylor pushed the button with the Angels singer in front of 20,000 people who cheered as the festive illuminations burst into dazzling life on Monday, November 5.
Also joining them on stage was X Factor winner Leona Lewis, boyband Lawson and hosts, former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and TV and radio presenter Jamie Theakston, who are both now on Heart FM.
Ms Charlson 58, from Mill Lane, Lower Earley, was picked from 1,276 entries that correctly guessed the seasonal display featured 250,000 lightbulbs, in a Facebook competition run by sponsor Marmite.
She said: “What an amazing night that was! We knew we would be going backstage, but never thought for a moment we would end up switching the lights on.
“Emma and Jamie called us to the front of the stage when it came to the switch on and Robbie turned to Pat and said, ‘Will you turn them on with me?’ and he took my hand and Emma put her hand on top and we all pushed the button together.
“We were both looking at each other and thinking I don’t believe this is happening.
“I expect people thought, who are these two old biddies loitering on stage?
“There was a slight delay and then the paper came down and the lights went on and everyone was cheering.
“It was incredible. You cannot use anything other than superlatives.”
Ms Charlson invited her friend Mrs Taylor to join her for the celebrations stage outside House of Fraser.
The pair were also treated to a VIP package including travel to and from London and stay at the The Langham in Portland Place with dinner and cocktails at its Roux at The Landau restaurant.
Mother of two Mrs Taylor, 57, from Curly’s Way, Swallowfield, said: “The whole occasion was so overwhelming I missed the lights going on.
“Robbie was very friendly and put everyone at ease and when he asked if we would help turn the lights on I wasn’t going to say no. How many people get to do that?
“My daughter was very jealous.
“It was an incredible privilege.
“Even the stars are pleased to be asked let alone little me from Swallowfield. It was an amazing experience.”