Extravaganza to light up the town

Last year, Santa and Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin lit up the Christmas tree at Arbroath's fesitve extravaganza.
Last year, Santa and Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin lit up the Christmas tree at Arbroath's fesitve extravaganza.

THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas will begin in Arbroath at the town’s festive extravaganza which takes place early next month.

For the second year running, Arbroath Events have teamed up with the town’s Rotary Club, Round Table and Arbroath and Area Partnership to stage the event on Friday, December 7.

The fun will kick-off at 2 p.m., as there will be a funfair with stalls and entertainment provided by DJ ‘Jivin’ Jim’.

Showcase the Street will then be performing and showing off their dance skills from 5 p.m., before the Rotary choir take to the stage to sing everybody’s favourite Christmas carols from 5.30 p.m.

Santa will then be escorted into the town centre from Commerce Street by Tayside Fire and Rescue at 5.45 p.m., and they will slowly make their way up the High Street to Kirk Square for 6 p.m.

This leads up to the main event where the lights of the Christmas tree at Kirk Square will be officially switched on.

Organisers aren’t revealing who will have the honour of switching on the lights, but say that Santa will be joined by “one of our own service heroes.”

Councillor David Fairweather, who has been involved with the organisation of the Christmas extravaganza said: “This promises to be a real family day out.

“Stewards will be carrying buckets, with the official poster on them, for a collection.

“The proceeds will then be put forward to continue to enhance our Christmas displays.”

Last year, the Christmas lights switch on ceremony was resurrected after a three year break in the town.

It also marked the first year of the Arbroath’s new festive illuminations, which were bought at a cost of £60,000.

Around 3,000 people flocked to the event in the High Street and in Kirk Square to see Arbroath FC manager Paul Sheerin flick the switch with Santa to light up the Christmas tree.

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