Help turn Christmas lights on

AS THE nights draw in and the weather gets colder, it can only signal one thing - that Christmas is drawing nearer.

And, with the Yuletide season approaching, the Christmas Lights committee is once again appealing for help and support from the community of Brechin to help light up the town.

Assistance can come in the form of manpower or by helping donate funds to the group to ensure enough money is raised to provide lights in the town.

This year’s Christmas lights switch on will take place at St Ninian’s Square at the earlier time of 5pm on Saturday, December 8.

To help make this event a fun and exciting time the city is working together.

Brechin High School will be bag packing at the Co-op to raise funds for the lights, the Gardner Memorial Church are holding a fund-raising bake sale and soup lunch, the Retailers’ Group is holding an extensive programme of events throughout the day and Lis Hill is returning to Brechin with the popular craft fayre at the Mechanics’ Hall which will take place over the Saturday and Sunday.

As well as the lights getting switched on there will be the usual entertainment provided by Radio North Angus, music from Brechin High School and entertainment from Brechin Pipe Band. A number of stalls will also be pitched at the square.

Of course no Christmas event would be complete without a visit from Santa or singing of Christmas Carols and this event will not disappoint. Santa will take some time out from his busy schedule to be there for the youngsters, whilst all the churches will sing Carols at the end of the event. A full programme will be published closer to the event.

Jan MacIntyre, from the Christmas lights committee, said: “This year we have had to dig deep with over £7,000 needing to be spent to maintain the features in the town.

“We have also bought new features for the Town House and a crossover for Church Street to enhance the High Street, as there will not be a tree there this year.

“We need help to organise the day with running and setting up the event.

“We are looking for stall holders to sell their wares in St Ninian’s Square as we want to have more stalls than last year. Does your organisation want to raise funds? Then here is a golden opportunity.”

If you are interested in helping, or would like a stall contact the committee on BrechinLights@aol.com. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the group on Tuesday, November 6, at 7pm in the Caledonian Hotel.

The Brechin Christmas Lights Appeal committee is a volunteer group consisting of members of the RoundTable, 41 Club, Inner Wheel, Guildry, Civic Trust, Gardner Memorial Church, the Mechanic’s Institute, Caledonian Railway, Brechin Business Association, Brechin High School and local councillors, who have been working together since 2003 and with the help of community donations have been lighting up Brechin each Christmas.