Published: 24/10/2017 11:54 - Updated: 24/10/2017 12:13

New format for Banff and Macduff Christmas lights switch-on


Banff lights
The Christmas lights switch-on will have a bright new format this year, which the committee hope will prove popular.


BANFF and Macduff Christmas Lights Association are planning their Christmas lights Switch On celebration for Thursday, December 7.

The event will see the twin towns sparkle and will follow a new format this year for all ages to enjoy.

The festivities will centre around St Mary’s Car Park and Banff Parish Church Hall with the programme running from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Santa and a lucky chosen individual will have the honour of flicking the switch to turn the Christmas tree lights on at approximately 7pm.

Among the entertainment within the car park will be a fun fair, pipe band and emergency services.

Refreshments will be available to purchase and there will be also be a Prosecco van this year.

The committee is hoping to involve pupils from both Banff and Macduff primary schools to come along and sing carols.

Secretary Sandie Cummings said: "Christmas is all about children and we want to bring the two communities together and get everyone into the festive spirit."

Santa will be available to meet with children in his grotto in the church hall and there will be stalls offering festive wares with 18 tables already booked.

This is what the group have been hoping to arrange for a while but weather has always been an issue in the past. Some stall holders from the Macduff monthly market are also attending.

The lights committee is currently contacting local businesses to regenerate interest in the group and suggesting various ways they can offer support.

These businesses are also being encouraged to decorate their shop fronts in red and to stay open later on December 7 for late night shopping.

The car park will be closed from noon to allow for setting up and motorists will be reminded not to park in the car park.

The lights committee currently comprises of only four people and would like to hear from anyone willing to join or lend a hand.

Mrs Cummings added: "It is unfortunate but there has been a real lack of interest and we really need more people to help out. There is only so much that four people can do.

"We hope that more people will come forward at the AGM in January and lend a hand.

"There are 10,000 people in Banff and Macduff and it is sad to think that we can only get four people to help progress plans.

"We always welcome donations as it is extremely expensive to maintain and replace the lights.

"A new single light can cost around £500 and we have to spend up to £200 to repair each light.

"As well as donations, we do fundraise and on Saturday and Sunday December 16 and 17, we will be holding a bag packing event in Tesco to help boost our funds."

The committee’s annual Christmas fundraising dance will take place on Friday, November 24 at the Banff Springs Hotel.

Entertainment on the night will be provided by The Scenix. Tickets are £35 and include a three-course meal.

For tickets and more information contact Mrs Cummings on 07927347072.

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