Christmas Lights Switched On!

06th December 2008

This year the Montrose Christmas lights were switched on at 6.30pm on Thursday 4th of December 2008.

In a special one off event, there was also the switching on of the lights in Hume Street, which were designed by school pupils across Montrose.

This took place at 6pm and the winning designers were Natalia Kurzynska, Primary 3, St Margaret's Primary School.

Eberinna Maybanks, Primary 6/7, Borrowfield Primary School.

Sophie Pass, Primary 5, Rosemount Primary School.

Caitlin Stephen, Primary 6, Southesk Primary School.

Heidi Coull, First Year, Montrose Academy ( previously Primary 7 Lochside Primary.

As you can see the standard was very high, and the new lights give a new welcome dimension to a cold and windy Hume Street. One thing I noticed was that all the winners were girls!

The wet and cold wintry evening didn't stop a good turn out for the main event. This year the lights were switched on by Mr Ian Laing , the Manager of the Montrose site of John Lawrie ( Aberdeen Ltd. ). His company is one of the main sponsors of the Light Appeal, giving £500 this year, and pledging to donate the same again next year.

The lights were switched on to the backing of our Town Band, and to add to the special occasion, Santa Claus made a triumphant appearance, spending time with local children who donated some presents to him for other children less fortunate. To see more shots of those who met Santa then click on his photograph.

There was a long queue for the burgers and hotdogs, which I'm sure went some way towards heating up the healthy crowd. Some of the hotdogs looked bigger than the kids who were eating them.

The real entertainment came from under the Arches from an exceptionally talented trio. Maybe you recognise them! They sounded much better than some of the acts on recent tv shows, One or two people certainly looked hooked into their sound! Remember you saw them here before they really become stars. I understand that they are fully booked over the Festive Period.

As the crowds headed back home to the warmth and comfort, and possibly a hot meal and drink, the lights and the tree were left to add a much needed sparkle to Montrose's main streets and Town House, in this time of recession.

Well done to all of those people who help make our town look as good as it does at this time of year!

For more Photographs of the event then click on this link!