Towns light up for Christmas

Santa handed out gifts to the crowds at Carnoustie's Christmas light turn on.
Santa handed out gifts to the crowds at Carnoustie's Christmas light turn on.

THAT traditional herald of the festive season, the official switch on of town Christmas lights will occur in Gazette country next week.

Yesterday (Thursday), the Broughty Ferry Christmas Light Concert kicked off proceedings with a spectacular street carnival and musical entertainment.

The event is in its fifth year and was organised by the Broughty Ferry Traders’ Association, sponsored by Gillies of Broughty Ferry and in partnership with Radio Tay.

Lord Provost of Dundee Bob Duncan was in attendance to turn on the lights, which are gifted each year by the Broughty Ferry Traders’ Association as a way of thanking the town for supporting local business.

Music was provided by the Radio Tay Roadshow, Eastern Primary School carol-singers and Downfield Musical Society.

On Thursday (November 29) Monifieth will hold its annual switch on in the Reform Street Car Park between 6.30 and 7.30 p.m. with music, entertainment and a special guest.

Entertainment will be provided by Monifieth Singers, Grange and Seaview Primary Schools, Monifieth Amateur Dramatics, Monifieth High School Wind Ensemble and Santa Claus will be there and a special canine guest will flip the switch.

Many of the High Street shops have agreed to stay open late and there will be special festive promotions and treats.

On the Friday (November 30) Carnoustie’s lights will be turned on with a ceremony at the War Memorial at 6 p.m.

The Rev. Matthew Bickett will give the blessing and in response to public suggestion the event has been expanded to include a small fayre organised by the Carnoustie Development Group.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Carnoustie High School band and the Carnoustie and District Pipe Band.