Final event in Arbroath’s ‘Year of the Light’ programme

TICKETS are now on sale for the final official event in the Year of the Light calendar, which has ensured Arbroath and its links with the Bell Rock Lighthouse have been in the spotlight throughout 2011.

The Year of the Light Ceilidh will be held on the evening of Friday, November 11 at the Meadowbank Inn, Arbroath.

The event will include highland dancing, a raffle, an auction and of course stovies.

Harry Simpson, chair of the Year of the Light Steering Committee, said: “As well as the chance to dance the night away to the Inchcape Ceilidh Band, Arbroath British Legion Pipe Band will be out in force.

“In fact, one of the highlights of the evening will undoubtedly be the pipes and drums of Arbroath British Legion Pipe Band playing ‘Year of the Light’.

“This fantastic tune, specially composed by Pipe Major Stephen Russell, will forever be linked with Arbroath’s celebrations of the bicentenary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.”

The Year of the Light began with the fabulous fireworks display held on February 1, 2011, exactly 200 years after the beam first shone out from Bell Rock Lighthouse in 1811.

Since then, extensive local, national and international media coverage has ensured the people of Arbroath – and beyond – have truly celebrated the bicentenary of the iconic structure which lies 11 miles offshore.

Tickets for the Year of the Light Ceilidh on November 11, cost £10 each, with all proceeds going to charity (children welcome but must be accompanied by adults).

They are available from Abbey Gifts, 238 High Street; Carpet Disco, 17 to 23 Millgate; The Meadowbank Inn, Montrose Road and by calling Iain Grimmond on 01241 875297 or Mike Cosans on 01241 873621.