Tom Cat lights up for a special Christmas

Tom the cat from the MAD panto turns on the Monifieth lights on Thursday.

Tom the cat from the MAD panto turns on the Monifieth lights on Thursday.

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AROUND 500 people packed into the centre of Monifieth to watch the switch on of the Christmas lights on Thursday evening.

The event, which took place at the Reform Street car park saw local schools and the cast from Monifieth Amateur Dramatics pantomime ‘Dick Whittigton’ entertain the crowd before the big switch on saw the lighting up of the Christmas tree.

A mixed choir of children from Grange, Seaview and Mattocks schools sang Christmas music for the crowds at the Monifieth lights turn on.

A mixed choir of children from Grange, Seaview and Mattocks schools sang Christmas music for the crowds at the Monifieth lights turn on.

Last year’s switch on had to be cancelled at the last minute after heavy snow and wintry weather made the event unsafe.

But organisers, Monifieth Community Council, were delighted with how much everybody enjoyed this year’s switch on.

Community councillor Alistair Robertson, who also was MC, said: “Everybody loved the Christmas tree when it was lit up and it has been very well received.

“This year’s lights seem the best we have had for a number of years and the display up the High Street also looks great.

“It was a beautiful day which turned into a crisp night and the weather was so much better than the disappointment of last year.”

The evening started with the Monifieth High School band warming up with crowd with Christmas carols before the Rev. Dorothy Anderson gave a sweet Christmas message.

Grange, Seaview and Mattocks Primaries then performed a Glee Spectacular which was followed by a sneak peek at the MAD panto of Dick Whittington.

The cat from the panto flicked the switch for the lights to come on and then Santa made an appearance handing out sweets for children.

Members of the local history society provided hot snacks while Monifieth Rotary Club handed out glasses of mulled wine.

Mr Robertson added: “It is always a great night but we are always looking for ways to improve and make the event bigger every year.

“But we just find the event the best way to welcome the Christmas season to Monifieth.”

The Monifieth Local History Society also joined in with the fun and carried through the Christmas spirit to Saturday, by holding a coffee morning where Santa was one of the guests.

The fund-raising venture generated £461. 77 towards financing the up keep of the House of Memories.

The Society say they are very appreciative and most grateful to all who contributes to what can only be described as a great success.

The House of Memories will be closed from 4 p.m. on Friday, December 23, and will re-open at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2012.