Thousands at lights switch on

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Ellon residents turned out in their thousands to watch the Christmas Lights Switch on event and parade at the weekend.

There was lots of festive spirit at the event on Saturday, November 21, thanks to the arrival of special guest, Santa.

Rory Green and Katy Kensdale from Auchterellon School get ready to switch on the Christmas Lights

Rory Green and Katy Kensdale from Auchterellon School get ready to switch on the Christmas Lights

Santa arrived at his grotto in Neil Ross Square in the morning where he was delighted to meet children throughout the day.

Visitors to the grotto were also able to browse various stalls run by traders and charities.

The Christmas tree lights at The Chestnuts were switched on by Auchterellon pupils Rory Green and Katy Kensdale later in the afternoon, and was followed by the parade and fireworks display.

Sean Buckle of Ellon Traders said: “Aberdeenshire Council made this possible by picking up what the Community Council had been working on and finding others to run with it.

The Ellon Fire Service proved popular during the parade

The Ellon Fire Service proved popular during the parade

“They asked Wayne Baber and Ellon Events to run things so we had an organisation that runs local events running it - you can’t fault the logic.

“The Fire Brigade, Ellon Traders, the Rotary Club, Emmaus, Kenny, Tim, Wattie and Santa, Scotia Homes, the Council’s Roads department, the Parish Church and a host of others got on with it.

“The event came together because the people did and because the organisations which had done it before stepped up to do it again.

“Because they knew one another and where to go when there was a problem, because, across the town, there is a network of people who can fix most things and are always willing to try and I’d like to say thanks to all of them.”

Ellon and District councillor Gillian Owen said: “It was a brilliant event and there were so many people milling around. The Parade was just great with a huge number of people taking part. It just goes to show that community and teamwork make a fantastic event, well done to one and all.”

Fellow councillor and Aberdeenshire Council Co-Leader Cllr Richard Thomson added: “My sincere congratulations go to everyone from the local traders to council officers and volunteers who rallied to the call and put in the hard work needed to organise and carry through such a wonderful event.

“It’s been brilliant to see how the town has pulled together and got behind the lights switch on once again.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong community spirit and to have so many people willing to put their shoulder to the wheel to get things done when required.”