TV legend Stuart Hall is to head a sizzling line up of events that will take place at the first Halton Festival which organisers claim will be a 'huge hit'.
Stuart will present It's A Knockout at Halton Stadium on July 10 to kick off an entertainment-filled week, culminating in the Halton Show.
The festival will run from July 9-17 and, according to Halton Borough Council, is not to be missed.
Dave Owen, head of economic development, said: 'We are raring to go. We want to make the Halton Festival one that people of the borough will remember for a long time.
'It's the first Halton Festival that we have held and we are hoping for a really positive turnout from the people of Widnes and Runcorn.'
The Halton Show attracts people from all over the country, but the run up to this year's event features a host of activities for people of all age groups, starting with an opening precision led by school children from Widnes and Runcorn who will be sporting a variety of colourful costumes and flags led by street entertainers, together with a folk band.
The council is urging the people of Halton and neighbouring towns and cities to get involved in the festivities prior to the main event of the Halton Show, which is in its 20th year.
Paul Smith, town centres manager, said: 'We are hoping to stage the event annually and we are appealing for the people of Halton make the effort and turn out for the event.'
The council is also keen to stress that the events during the Halton Festival will not detract from the Halton Show at Spike Island.
He added: 'The aim of the festival is to build up some continuity before the Halton Show. We want to raise the awareness of both events that are taking place and this is why we have invited some of the teams and people who will be involved.'
Some of the events include a carnival at Halton Brook, graffiti art classes, a DJ masterclass workshop, a performance by the Fuse music group, holistic beauty fair, street walkers, sculpture presentations and classic big band sounds.
However, the big crowd puller looks certain to be an appearance by television personality Stuart Hall on July 10.
Now the council is looking for volunteers to form teams to take part in It's a Knockout.
Mr Smith added: 'We have still got to fill two teams for It's A Knockout which Stuart Hall will be presenting and we think it will be a big hit with punters.'
The TV show was a smash hit with three teams competing in each episode and around eight countries battling it out in the European final.
Teams made up of 12 friends, colleagues, neighbours or relatives - over the age of 18 - are needed. For more details on the It's A Knockout, Halton Festival and the Halton Show, contact Laura Waller on 0151 424 2061 (ex 71405).