Thousands turn out for Christmas lights switch-on

The crowd gathered at the riverside to watch the fireworks which marked the end of the day's events.
The crowd gathered at the riverside to watch the fireworks which marked the end of the day's events.

Thousands of spectators turned out for Ellon’s Christmas Lights Switch On event which took place at the weekend.

The large crowd gathered in the town centre to join in with this year’s festive programme of events.

Funding of next year’s event is secure and we will be thinking about how to develop the lights

Sandy McDougall Ellon Community Council Chairman

The annual Switch On event took place last Saturday, November 21, and was organised by the Ellon Community Council.

The day got off to a flying start when Santa arrived in the town’s Neil Ross Square to visit local children.

The Square was transformed into Santa’s grotto and featured entertainment and a variety of stalls throughout the day.

Santa then left the Square to take part in the parade around the town centre.

He was joined by various local groups as the parade moved around the town.

The event then came to a close with a fireworks display which was held at the riverside at around 5pm on Saturday.

Chairman of the Ellon Community Council, Sandy McDougall, said: “Ellon Community Council were delighted with the turnout at the Christmas lights event on Saturday.

“Over 400 children visited Santa in his grotto in Neil Ross Square and a crowd of several thousand gathered for Santa’s parade and the culmination was a spectacular fireworks display at the riverside.”

Sandy added: “Members of the Community Council were supported by a host of volunteers from the community and special thanks go to over 60 local business who sponsored the event.

“We are still finalising our fundraising total but initial indications are that funding of next year’s event is secure and we will be thinking about how to develop the lights for 2016.

“Most of all we would like to thank the people of Ellon who turned out on a cool wintry day to make the start of Christmas in Ellon a huge success.”