ON A COLD and bright night, the folk of Carnoustie gathered to mark the beginning of the festive season.
Organised by Carnoustie Community Council, the traditional switching on of the Christmas lights took place at the War Memorial on Friday.
Around 300 people filled the High Street between Ferrier Street and the Royal Bank of Scotland to listen to carols and see the 20 foot Christmas tree light up.
The evening was compered by chairman of Carnoustie Community Council, Jim Simpson, who did his best to entertain the crowd despite having a faulty microphone.
The blessing was given by the Rev. Michael Goss, who also led the singing of traditional carols such as ‘Silent Night’, ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Come All Ye Faithful’.
In this, he was ably supported by a contingent from the Carnoustie High School Brass Band, led by conductor Michael Robertson, who had also entertained the crowd in the run up to the event with a selection of Christmas classics.
The lights were switched on by Carnoustie’s Junior Citizen of the Year, 17-year-old Jessica Meek.
An all-round sportswoman, Jessica has had a successful year as an amateur golfer and as part of Carnoustie High School’s champion volleyball team.
She has been heavily involved in the Scottish Women’s golf set-up and the Angus County Ladies’ team and last season played for Scotland.
Afterwards Santa Claus was on hand to spread a little festive cheer by handing out goodie bags of sweets to the many children who had come to see the lights.
Community councillor Sue McMahon was behind the event organisation and was very pleased.
She said: “I think it went quite well, yes. It was well supported, it was a nice night but bitterly cold. The tree is beautiful and the new lights have received many compliments.”
While there were some who bemoaned the scarcity of lights on some parts of the High Street, Jim Simpson explained: “Unfortunately, with Angus Council’s cutbacks the extent of the lights this year have been scaled back. We will however be renewing the lights over the next few years, but hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves.”