Nicky Stars in Good Friday Free Fun Day…

Motherwell Shopping Centre is gearing up for bumper crowds at its Good Friday Fun Day on April 3, when local hero and X Factor runner-up Nicholas McDonald will star in a free two-hour stage show.

Nicky’s fans almost brought the centre to a standstill last November thronging Brandon Parade to watch him switch on the Xmas lights, less than 24hours after he celebrated his 18th birthday.

This time round shoppers will have the best of both worlds, with the chance to see Nicky and fellow Scottish X-factor stars Emily Middlemas and Nicole Simpson on stage, or take advantage of special ‘shopping lanes’ to avoid the crowds and visit their favourite stores.
Centre Manager Geraldine El Masrour said: “We had a cracking Easter last year, but this year could be eggstra special.
“We’re thrilled to have Nicholas back performing in Motherwell Shopping Centre especially as he will be appearing with Emily and Nicole.
“But with acts like that we have to plan for really big crowds. We are setting the stage further back into the space at the car park end of Brandon Parade and cordoning off shopping lanes between the audience and the shops to make sure everyone can move freely”.
The Good Friday Fun Day starts at 11.0am when the Centres’ Easter Bunnies will start handing out chocolate Easter lollies to local youngsters, who will also have the chance of free face painting.
The stage show will run from 12.0 – 2.0pm, with Radio Clyde DJ Gina McKie introducing local children’s entertainers the McDougalls followed by the X Factor stars Emily, Nicole and then Nicky himself.
Nicky said: “I am delighted to be back on stage at Motherwell Shopping Centre, and I am really looking forward to appearing with Emily and Nicole.
“But most of all it is real pleasure for me to show my local fans how much I appreciate their support, and what better way than performing in the heart of the town”.
Motherwell Shopping Centre is extending the time shoppers can stay in their free car parks from three to four hours to make sure everyone can enjoy the Good Friday Fun Day to the full.
STV cameras will cover the show. Nicholas McDonald has teamed up with the STV Appeal and schools across Scotland to give pupils the opportunity to become an STV Appeal Ambassador and help join the fight against child poverty.