Counting down to the switch-on

Brechin will be holding its first ever “Switch on Brechin” event on December 10 – a unique event not to be missed.

Joining together for this community venture, who together make up the Christmas Lights Committee, are Brechin’s retailers, the Caledonain Railway, Mechanics Institute with Joie de Vivre, Gardner Memorial Church, Brechin Round Table, Brechin High School, Angus Council and a number of volunteers.

The committee members are planning a number of activities throughout the weekend, especially throughout the Saturday.

During the weekend, from Friday to Sunday, the Mechanics Institute will be hosting a craft fair which will have a top class selection of hand-crafted goods as well as other exclusive products sold at competitive and affordable prices.

With each stall featuring its own unique range of items, this is the chance to beat the city crowds and find one-off gifts for friends and family, to add a few distinctive touches to your home or to invest in an unusual item of jewellery or an accessory to complete your festive outfit.

For more information about the craft fair contact Lis Hill on 01241 828600 or email

Santa will be visiting the Caledonain Railway on the Saturday and Sunday when the hugely successful Santa Special trains will once again be running.

If you fancy something tasty to eat then go no further than the Gardner Memorial Church who will be holding their annual Bake Sale followed by a soup lunch on the Saturday. Marquee stalls will be set out in St Ninian’s Square, organised by the Round Table, throughout Saturday afternoon, with musical entertainment being provided by Brechin High School prior to the Christmas light switch on at 6 pm.

It is hoped that Santa will take some time out from making toys to make a special visit to see all the children.

The Retailers of Brechin have joined together and have organised to have the High Street closed to traffic on Saturday afternoon. This will allow a number of special events to take place – keep an out out for more information.

To maintain the present Christmas features in the City the committee have to raise £5000.

This year, and from now on, Brechin will only be provided with one tree from Angus Council so this year Bob Myles will be donating a Christmas tree to for St Ninian’s Square.