HERO Brierley Hill butcher Gordon Tranter will have the honour of switching on the town's Christmas lights this weekend.

Gordon Tranter, from Alan Warwick Butchers, helped to save the life of a woman, in her 60s, who suffered a cardiac arrest upon leaving the shop in the Moor Centre in the summer.

The shop's assistant manager, Gordon, raced to the woman's aid and began performing lifesaving CPR until paramedics arrived - despite never having received any training on how to do resuscitation.

The woman was taken to hospital and luckily survived her ordeal - and Gordon was commended with a Public Commendation Award from West Midlands Ambulance Service and a new 'Best of Brierley Hill Award' from Brierley Hill councillor Adam Davies for "stepping up when duty called".

And now, he's been given the honour of switching on Brierley Hill's Christmas lights on Saturday November 27 along with student nurse Olivia Jane Hanson, who also played a part in the lifesaving drama back on June 17.

Both have been invited to take to the stage and press the button to light up the town, and they will be joined by Deputy Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Sue Greenaway.

Gordon said he was looking forward to the event which will be a walk in the park compared with trying to save someone's life and he said: "It'll be good."

Ahead of the switch-on, which will take place at around 5pm, Brierley Hill will host a Christmas street market, funfair, street entertainers and live music from local musicians and bands.

The festivities will run from 9am to 5pm in the High Street and Moor Centre.