Carol Vorderman shows off her musical skills as she turns on Christmas lights

Blowing her own trumpet! Carol Vorderman shows off her musical skills as she turns on Christmas lights

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23:26 GMT, 22 November 2012

With her youthful looks and brilliant brain, you couldn't blame Carol Vorderman for wanting to blow her own trumpet.

And that's exactly what she did on Thursday night – literally – as she turned on the Christmas lights in Mount Street, Mayfair.

Joined by a Salvation Army band, the Loose Women panelist, 51, grabbed one of their instruments and pretended to play it to the delight of the assembled crowd.

Blowing her own trumpet: Carol Vorderman pretends to play the trumpet as she turns on the Christmas lights at Mount Street in London

Blowing her own trumpet: Carol Vorderman pretends to play the trumpet as she turns on the Christmas lights at Mount Street in London

Flasher: Carol looked content to keep her coat on, before she was persuaded to remove it

Flasher: Carol looked content to keep her coat on, before she was persuaded to remove it

Flasher: Carol looked content to keep her coat on, before she was persuaded to remove it

Although the mother-of-two had made a lot of effort with her green fitted dress, she could only go coat-less for a short time before opting to be sensible over sexy on the cold night.

The former Countdown whiz teamed her long green dress with a pair of black T-bar heels and a belt which cinched in her waist.

Following the lightning ceremony, there was a bespoke shopping event involving the nearby stores and a selection of festive refreshments.

What can you play Carol looked like she was having a good time with the instrument

What can you play Carol looked like she was having a good time with the instrument

Missing out on the fun was Carol's new boyfriend Red Arrows pilot Graham Duff, 37, who debuted at the Pride Of Britain Awards last month.

Earlier that day, Carol had worn the same green coat as she left the Loose Women studios.

On the daytime show, Carol had interviewed Al Murray, The Pub Landlord and Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Twinkle twinkle: Carol turned on the lights on Mount Street in Mayfair

Twinkle twinkle: Carol turned on the lights on Mount Street in Mayfair

Meanwhile, Carol recently admitted she had turned down an offer of 250,000 to appear on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

She made the revelation when she was filming a guest appearance on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, when fellow celebrities admitted they would do it for a lot less money.

Do you want to join the band Carol looked like she was enjoying herself on stage

Do you want to join the band Carol looked like she was enjoying herself on stage