Community effort at light switch on event

The Ellon and District Pipe Band entertained the crowds
The Ellon and District Pipe Band entertained the crowds

Pitmedden’s Christmas lights were switched on recently at an event run for the community, by the community.

The Christmas Light Switch On event was held on Sunday, December 3.

The event was organised by Udny Community Council and Udny Community Trust, who cover the cost of the event so that the groups taking part can keep all of the funds raised to help them provide activities for local young people year-round.

Groups that took part in the event were Friends of Pitmedden School, Pitmedden Tiny Tots, Pitmedden Stay and Play, and Udny Boys Brigade.

Entertainment was provided by the Ellon and District Pipe Band and fiddler Anne Mitchell, and compere for the day was DJ Ray Still.

Lisa Lollipop and the Great Hootini kept the crowd amused, children had the chance to meet Santa, and the event closed with a fireworks display.

Event manager Brian McDougall said: “The event has been well supported yet again by the whole community.

“This year we were really heartened by how people rallied round when a generator problem at the last minute almost forced the event to be cancelled.

“Ellon Community Council provided transport for Santa with help from Caledonia Homes and Rob Gibb.”

The event was supported by local community groups including Pitmedden First Responders; PUT; Udny & Pitmedden Church and Pitmedden Christmas Lights Trust, and Pitmedden Garden.

Local businesses including the Pitmedden Co-op store, Delicious in Ellon, The Linsmohr Hotel and the Craft Bar also pitched in to help.