JD Wetherspoon brightens up The Year of the Light!

Year of the Light sponsorship deal with Wetherspoons Bar in Arbroath. The three ladies represent the Arbroath and Area Community Planning Team, Mr Simson is from Year of the Light and the two seated are from the bar. Pictured outside the bar are, from left - Janet Russell, Mhairi Dickson, Ian Alexander bar manager, Laura Milne bar staff, Harry Simpson and Siobhan Fagan.

Year of the Light sponsorship deal with Wetherspoons Bar in Arbroath. The three ladies represent the Arbroath and Area Community Planning Team, Mr Simson is from Year of the Light and the two seated are from the bar. Pictured outside the bar are, from left - Janet Russell, Mhairi Dickson, Ian Alexander bar manager, Laura Milne bar staff, Harry Simpson and Siobhan Fagan.

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AWARD-WINNING pub and hotel chain JD Wetherspoon, owner of The Corn Exchange in Arbroath, has been named headline sponsor of the Year of the Light.

“We are absolutely delighted that JD Wetherspoon has agreed to sponsor The Year of the Light, the exciting calendar of events happening in Arbroath during 2011 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Bell Rock Lighthouse,” said Harry Simpson, chair of the Year of the Light steering group, which is supported by the Local Community Planning Team.

“Thanks to Wetherspoons, we’ll be able to provide additional support to various Year of the Light events which will lift the profile of Arbroath at home and abroad, starting with the spectacular free fireworks display at Inchcape Park on February 1.”

Richard Leith, area manager for JD Wetherspoon, revealed that the company had agreed to become the headline sponsor for the Year of the Light as part of their commitment to the town of Arbroath.

He went on: “It’s absolutely fantastic for JD Wetherspoon to be involved in the Year of the Light. Since The Corn Exchange opened 10 years ago, the people of Arbroath have supported it fantastically and this is our way of giving something back to the town.

“The Year of the Light events which are being arranged by local groups and organisations should bring more visitors to the area, which will be good for the town - and it’s also wonderful that the bicentenary of this iconic local landmark is being so widely celebrated by the people of Arbroath.

“We’ll be ensuring that everyone who visits the Corn Exchange knows what’s happening in Arbroath during the Year of the Light and will be linking in with the celebrations by holding our own Year of the Light events, as well as selling our Year of the Light real ale.”

For more information about the Year of the Light and the celebrations surrounding the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Bell Rock Lighthouse, visit www.angusahead.com/bellrocklighthouse.