FORMER Gladiator Rebel saved the day when she stepped in for injured Strictly Come Dancing star Jade Johnson and switched on the Christmas lights in front of a huge crowd at Wembley Central Square on Friday last week.
Jade was unable to make the event because of a knee injury sustained during recording of the TV show.
Fortunately Brent resident Rebel, whose real name is Jennifer Stoute, filled in at a moment's notice.
Thousands of people turned up to the free event organised by Brent Council at the new Wembley Central Square, where entertainment included street theatre, Brent Council's staff choir, and dance performances.
Children were also picked out of the crowd to perform on the stage.
Rebel, a competitor in the 1992 Olympics, said it was an honour to be part of the celebrations and spoke about the 2012 Games. She said: "We should be so proud that the 2012 Olympics will be hosted in London and that Brent will be an integral part of the celebrations. This is something that happens only once in a person's lifetime."
Osita Udenson, Wembley Town Centre manager, said: "We are very grateful for Rebel stepping in at the last minute. The day was a success, with fun and entertainment for all the family set in the wonderful surroundings of Wembley Central Square."
The next festive fun event will take place on Saturday from 1-4pm at Willesden Green Library Centre.
The afternoon is part of Brent Archive Awareness month, where people can find out more about their local area and its history.
This time people can delve into the past and discover more about the Aircraft Manufacturing Company in Kingsbury during the early 1900s.
Children will be able to make paper aeroplanes and send their Christmas list to Santa.