Christmas Light switch on

This week's Big Picture, like last week's, was taken by Evelyn Clark at BRAVO Brechin's Christmas in the City event. The picture features Santa Claus in his grotto with his elves

This week's Big Picture, like last week's, was taken by Evelyn Clark at BRAVO Brechin's Christmas in the City event. The picture features Santa Claus in his grotto with his elves

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BRAVO Brechin is on countdown to its Christmas in the City event - which takes place this year on Saturday, November 28.

The annual event includes the Christmas Lights switch on, which will be carried out this year by STV personality Rona Dougall.

The event kicks off in the City Hall at 10am, with craft stalls and a bake sale. This is then followed by a soup lunch and an afternoon tea to round the day off.

The outdoor stalls open at 11am, with entertainment starting from noon. Brechin Brass and the Churches Together Choir will be the first performers to take to the stage, followed by performances from the Zuglu Drummers, Ground We Tread, Andover Choir, Brechin High School Choir, Brechin Pantomime, Maisondieu Choir throughout the day, culminating in the switch on at 4pm at which Brechin Pipe band will play.

Santa will return to take up residence in his Grotto at the Town House Museum. He will be visiting from 12 to 3pm and he will have gifts for all the younger children.

The Christmas Lights Sub Group would appreciate more help from volunteers to help run the day, if you can help please go along to the City Hall for 10am. Even if you can only spare an hour or two you will be most welcome.

A BRAVO spokesman also revealed that they have been in talks with Angus Council with a view to the community taking over the Christmas lights.

He explained: “The reason for this is due to the council’s budget restraints. In order for the community to do this it will be required to raise some eight to ten thousand pounds per annum to continue with the current scheme of lighting and providing one Christmas tree only at the cross.

“Brechin has been contributing for the past number of years to the cost of the lights, on average two to three thousand pounds per year and that is only for replacement lights and repairs to the lights; it does not cover erecting or dismantling and storing.

“The council have been generous and have helped with the costs by giving us help from the Common Good Funds.

“If we cannot raise sufficient funds then the likely hood is that we will have no Christmas lights and that will have a negative impact on our community and the town’s businesses which ultimately will affect our local economy.”