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Lockerbie all set to light up

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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie all set to light up

THE festive feeling is set to sweep through the streets of Lockerbie today as the town prepares to switch on its Christmas lights.

Last Saturday local children gathered at Dryfesdale Church Hall and showed off their creative flair by decorating their own Christmas lanterns.

And the winner of the lantern competition will get the honour of performing the big switch flick.

Christmas Light Committee member Claire Hamilton said: “It has taken a year of preparations with a small but dedicated committee.

“We have had help from local businesses in the form of trailers, support with fundraising events, resources for the switch-on lantern competition and help from members of the community.

“There are no new lights this year, but it will be a great event with something for the whole family.”

Member Lorraine McNay added: “The team has been working hard all year round and Saturday will be a massive success.

“The day really is going to be amazing and so we need everyone to come out and support us.”

The feel good festive cheer kicks off at 2 pm today with a performance by the Salvation Army followed by local dancers taking their space in the spotlight.

Angie Little and a choir of children will take centre stage at 3 pm and at 3.30 pm the paper lantern judging competition will take place, followed swiftly by the switch on of the lights at 4 pm.

Next the pipe band are to set to play as children proudly parade their lanterns through the high street. A Christmas fair will also take place with 20 stalls showing off their wares


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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter | DNG24