ELLON residents turned out in force last week to watch the town’s festive illuminations being turned on.
Hundreds crowded the streets to see the switch on, which was performed by Ellon’s prince and princess Jack Gibb and Lisa Robertson of Meiklemill at the junction between Station Road and Bridge Street.
Santa’s Grotto in Neil Ross Square proved as popular as ever, with Saint Nicholas working overtime to see the dozens of children who queued up
Community Councillor Mark Grant, who was in charge of organising the event, said it had gone of very well.
“It was perfect,” he said. “Weather-wise it was a great day, which meant that there was loads of folk there. Certainly there were around 3000, with between four and five hundred visits to Santa during the day. There were definitely a good 2-3000 people at the fireworks, around the Clydesdale bank and spilling over the bridge. The Ythan Singers and Fiddlers were superb - as were the Twa Loons, and By Faith In Me who were entertaining.
“We are still collecting donations, but I would think we should have a good sum to go towards next year’s lights. It was a great atmosphere, and we were extremely pleased with the turnout.”