HE told his big sister he’s going to be a star – and he is.
Little Connor Jackson is going to light up the town this week when he officially switches on the lights in St George’s Square.
The four-year-old loves the square so much he was officially asked by Kirklees Council to be guest-of-honour at the grand opening on Thursday.
Connor’s grandma Eileen Jackson, of Brockholes, said the Kirkheaton Primary schoolboy has been mesmerised by the £4m square revamp ever since work began more than a year ago.
She said: “Every week he’s had his little nose pressed up against the railings watching the workmen and the diggers.
“He chats to the workmen and looks at the big plan.
“I’m quite surprised how much he understands of it – he knows exactly what’s going on.
“He knows who Harold Wilson is and waves to the white lions.”
“The builders used to put their thumbs up at him and wave to him.”
Controversy has surrounded the St George’s Square revamp after severe delays to its completion and concerns over costs and materials.
Eileen thought it would be a good idea to write to the council and tell them how much Connor was enjoying watching the square take shape.
She said: “I sent one letter to councillor Peter McBride and he got back to me and said they would like Connor to open the square.”
Connor, who lives in Fenay Bridge, is excited about the big day.
Eileen said: “He told his big sister Sasha he is going to be a star.
“Connor is really outgoing and I think he’ll be perfect – he’s just so wonderful. I love looking after him.”
Connor has two sisters, seven-year-old Sasha and Melissa, 19.
The whole family, including mum and dad Vicky and Philip, are very proud.
When Connor grows up he wants to be a ‘fixer’ because he loves mending things.
But for now he’s glad to see St George’s Square finished at last.
Eileen said: “Every week I used to ask him – do you think the square will be finished this week?
“And he used to say, no grandma, I don’t think so.
“I think he was hoping it would never be finished. But at last it is.
“He loves it – once they took down all the railings and there was all that space and he was able to run around.
“When he turns the lights on and it is all lit up it will look spectacular.”
Get down there early before Connor switches on the lights and fountains on at 7pm on Thursday.