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Our Christmas comedy of errors in Belfast: Phillip Schofield recalls chaos at festive switch-on ceremony and speaks fondly of first meeting the late Caron Keating

Phillip Schofield recalls chaos at the city's festive switch-on ceremony and speaks fondly of first meeting the late Caron Keating

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Happy days: TV presenters Sarah Greene (centre), Phillip Schofield and Caron Keating in 1988

Happy days: TV presenters Sarah Greene (centre), Phillip Schofield and Caron Keating in 1988

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield

Happy days: TV presenters Sarah Greene (centre), Phillip Schofield and Caron Keating in 1988

Phillip Schofield has hilariously recalled how a visit to Belfast amid tight security during the Troubles to switch on the Christmas lights turned into a comedy of errors.

In a series of farcical mishaps, the then lord mayor Dixie Gilmore ended up being swept into the vast crowds and the lights were turned on too soon - only for Schofield and fellow children's TV star Sarah Greene to end up switching them back off.

The episode is recalled in all its side-splitting glory in This Morning presenter Schofield's brilliantly entertaining new autobiography, Life's What You Make It, which was published this week.