New lights set to be switched on

ARBROATH will have its first Christmas lights switch on ceremony in three years after £60,000 was spent on new festive decorations.

A section of the High Street will be closed off on Thursday, December 1, so families can enjoy the switch on of the new lights in the town centre.

Along with the flicking of the switch, there will be a fun fair, carol singing in Kirk Square as well as market stalls up the High Street.

The Arbroath fire brigade will be making sure Santa arrives in time for the ceremony and sweets supplied by new supermarket Asda will be given to the children attending the event.

The lights switch on will be at 6 p.m., when the illuminations on the town’s Christmas tree will light up.

The switch on ceremony is the idea of the town centre regeneration group which has been working to breathe life back into the High Street.

And Councillor David Fairweather hopes the event will showcase the new lights, which he believes will be the best display in Angus.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we will be able to enjoy a Christmas lights switch on this year.

“It was felt that if we were putting up £60,000 worth of new lights, which will be the best display in Angus, we should be able to enjoy an event which families can come to.”

Several other organisations are set to make the town’s switch on happen and Councillor Fairweather says he is grateful for their hard work.

He added: “It has been three years since we last organised an event like this and it has only been made possible through the volunteers from Arbroath Events.

“Arbroath Rotary Club, the RNLI and Arbroath Football Club will also be helping and hopefully everybody will enjoy our new stunning lights display.”