Simple Dickensian theme planned for 2014 lights

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Arbroath could have a bright future ahead of it this Christmas if plans for a festive lights switch on in the town centre go ahead.

Arbroath businessman Chic Grant and the Rev. Martin Fair, of St Andrew’s Church, have joined forces to put something together in time for December 5.

Chic, proprietor of Outdoor Action (Scotland), explained: “We aim to keep it very simple and family orientated.

“It will start off with a parade of lanterns and candles from the Abbey and will have a Dickensian theme.”

The parade will end in Kirk Square with community carolling and Santa appearing to do the honours.

There will be charity stalls selling clootie dumpling, Stöllen cake, roast chestnuts and other festive treats.

It is understood there will not be any commercial vendors, street traders or fun fairs taking part at the event.

Chic added: “There has already been mention of groups wishing to take part and get involved and we thank them for their offers of help.

“But as 2014 will be a very busy year for events we are aiming to keep this as low key as possible and will be using this as a pilot for a bigger event.”

With 2014 being the centenary of the beginning of World War One a number of events have been suggested to take part in Arbroath to commemorate the massive loss of life.

More details will be made available in due course.

Any charities or organisations wishing to take part at the Christmas lights switch on should contact Chic at Outdoor Action (Scotland), 281 High Street.