Blairgowrie and Rattray have rallied round to ensure that the town won’t be left in the dark this festive season.
The Blairgowrie Illuminations Committee has had a “very good response” to their appeal for volunteers and the Christmas lights will be switched on by Brenda Kerr on Saturday, December 1, at 4pm.
As reported in the Blairie two weeks ago, the Christmas lights in the town are put up, maintained and taken down again by a team of volunteers, who also undertakefund raising activities throughout the year.
Over a dozen people have now stepped forward to offer their support this year, with others making donations or offering to provide refreshments for the volunteers putting up the lights.
Former committee member, Dick Robertson, told the Blairie he was pleased with the reaction from locals.
“We would like to invite everyone who has phoned or offered to help to come along to a meeting in the Royal Hotel on Monday October 22 at 7.30pm so that we can discuss how best to proceed.”
Councillor Caroline Shiers was also delighted.
She said: “Thank you to everyone who responded to the appeal in the Blairie for help with the Christmas lights.
“Once again local residents proved that community spirit is alive and kicking and it is fantastic to hear.
“At the October community council meeting a list was read out of individuals, organisations and businesses who have offered to help.
“A generous donation has also been given which will be a cracking start to the 2012 appeal.
“The lights will go up on November 18 and the plan is for the big switch on to be December 1.
“Thanks again to everyone who has committed to ensuring that once again the town looks festive.”
On Saturday December 1, pipers from the Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Pipe Band will leave Rattray Cross at around 3pm to march to the Wellmeadow, and drummers from the band will leave the Gig on Perth Street at the same time.
Santa will also be at the Wellmeadow in his sleigh for the planned Christmas light switch on.