Star winner will light up the sky

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STAR winner Kay Osborne is about to light up the sky - after winning the chance to help set off the fireworks on the Real Radio stage at Sheffield’s After Dark bonfire festival.

And the grandmother-of-six is getting top tips from daughter Lindsey, aged 28.

She won a competition 20 years ago to set off the fireworks on The Moor.

“I can’t believe I’m now going to do the same at After Dark,’’ said Kay, aged 52, of Gleadless, a mum of three. She is married to Paul, 56, owner of Sheffield-based Osborne UK Limited plumbing and heating business.

The Star, an event sponsor, teamed up with organisers Yellow Bus Events and Real Radio to offer the money-can’t-buy prize.

Kay will join X Factor star Sophie Habibis in front of an expected crowd of 20,000 people at Don Valley Grass Bowl tomorrow night, from 5.30pm to 10pm.

Also taking part will be two special guests of main event sponsor Irwin Mitchell solicitors - Sheffield area schoolgirl Ellie Vardy, 14, who was left in a coma after a devastating car accident and Joshua Lindley, six, of Wakefield, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Ellie, from Eckington, who has also been invited to help set off the fireworks, has made an incredible recovery after Irwin Mitchell secured funds to help pay for her rehabilitation and treatment.

Joshua, born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, will light the bonfire. Irwin Mitchell helped to get extra learning resources for him.

Other sponsors are Taylors of Harrogate, Sheffield City Council and Supertram. Real Radio stage entertainment begins at 6.30pm, with the bonfire at 7pm and fireworks at 8.45pm. There’s a funfair, food stalls, bar and more.

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