Christmas street party marks lights switch-on

Dundee Lord Provost John Letford turned on the Broughty Ferry Christmas lights on Thursday. Pictured with him is Santa and Sandro Paladini who made a presentation to the Lord Provost from the Broughty Traders Association as this would be his last turning on of the lights brcause the Mr Letford retires next May.
Dundee Lord Provost John Letford turned on the Broughty Ferry Christmas lights on Thursday. Pictured with him is Santa and Sandro Paladini who made a presentation to the Lord Provost from the Broughty Traders Association as this would be his last turning on of the lights brcause the Mr Letford retires next May.

CENTRAL Broughty Ferry was thronged with people on Thursday evening to witness the official start to the festive season with the switching on of the lights.

The Christmas Street Party, organised by the Broughty Ferry Trader’s Association in cooperation with Radio Tay and sponsored by Gillies was a festive carnival spectacular according to reports.

Around 4,000 people are estimated to have crowded into the specially closed off section of central Broughty Ferry to enjoy the music, entertainment and carnival atmosphere of the switch on.

Sandro Paladini of Eduardo Alessandro Studios Broughty Ferry and spokesman for Broughty Ferry Trader’s Association was well pleased with the results.

He said: “This is the fourth year that Broughty Ferry Trader’s Association has staged an open air concert to welcome in Christmas in Broughty Ferry.”

“Traditionally, the traders have purchased and gifted the Christmas street lights to Broughty Ferry to show their support for the community.

“It is significant because it signals the start of the Christmas season in Broughty Ferry and many shops are now opening seven days a week until Christmas.”

The switching on of the lights was presided over by Mr Paladini and Lord Provost of Dundee John R. Letford, who was presented with a Poole pottery platter to mark this, his final appearance in this role.

On the large stage erected especially for the evening, music was provided courtesy of Eastern Primary School choir and the Gospel Truth Choir, while street performers and festive stalls added to the carnival atmosphere.

Mr Paladini added: “Eastern Primary as well as performing on their own also did a joint performance with the Gospel Truth Choir which as very well received by the crowd.

“It was quite a wonderful festive family evening.”