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Lighting up Lockerbie

Section:  Lockerbie and Lochmaben

CHRISTMAS cheer is coming early to Lockerbie with the switch on of the town’s Christmas lights this Saturday.

CHRISTMAS CHEER . . . Helen Haggart and Lorraine McNay of the Lockerbie Christmas Lights Committee are gearing up for this Saturday’s big switch on. They are pictured with Jason Morin of Muirhall Energy Ltd, developers of Crossdykes Windfarm, who donated £1000 to the switch on. 

A makeshift winter wonderland of stalls, crafts and entertainers, including Taylor’s Fair, will line the High Street from 2 pm to 7 pm.

Christmas Lights committee member Claire Hamilton said: “Ian McLatchie will be compering the event and working his magic on the crowd.

“There will be a Christmas lantern competition again this year and is open to any child, aged seven and under or seven and over.

“There is also a lantern-making workshop being held between 10 am and 12 pm in Lockerbie Town Hall and any child can attend and create their entry.

“The two winners will be selected, presented with their prizes and switch on the Lockerbie Christmas lights. All of the children will then join a parade led by Lockerbie Pipe Band and, of course, Santa.”

She added: “The Christmas lights committee would like to sayahuge thank you to all of the individuals and businesses who have supported them in their endeavours, past and future, and without whom this event, and those like it, would not be possible.

“We look forward to welcoming members of the local community to share in the festive magic and enjoy some fun for all of the family.”

The fun starts with half-hourlong performances from the Salvation Army Band followed by performances from Symar Dance Academy, Lockerbie Cluster Children’s Choir and Lockerbie Cubs and Beavers’ Choir.

And 4 pm marks the judging of this year’s lantern competition, hosted by publican Ian McLatchie.

Children with lanterns will line the stage for the 4.30 pm switch on before parading down the street with Lockerbie RBLS Pipe Band. A road closure for the high street will be put in place between1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday

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