Festive fun at Ellon

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Ellon has well and truly gotten into the Christmas spirit with the town’s official lights switch-on taking place last weekend by Chase Zanoni and Kasey-jai McFarlane.

The newly elected Ellon Community Council took over the running of the event this year, following their appointment late in 2017.

They felt that as a new body of people it was the right time to change the event with ‘Ellon an ever-growing town with a wide demographic of people’ the new community council wanted to offer something for everyone.

Firstly, the event moved from Neil Ross Square to the Riverside Carpark, which gave organisers a lot more room.

This year a Christmas craft fayre with 34 stalls opened in the New Inn for those interested in getting in a little early Christmas shopping.

Also new this year was an entertainment lorry where local groups performed a range of music and dance events.

The funfair was a big draw for not only the wee ones who attended, and of course, Santa’s Grotto was open for business with kids visiting the star visitor and receiving a gift and a photo.

Between 1-2pm Santa fed his reindeer, much to the delight of all. Some of the Selection boxes were donated by Tesco with those left over gifted to Jim Jamieson’s to donate to their charity.

The community council held a tombola featuring a remarkable 200 prizes donated by local business in Ellon. They also ran a raffle with a top prize of a six-nights stay for up to eight people at Ninety Queensferry, Edinburgh. Local man George Norrie won the top prize.

The parade for the lights switch-on was led by Ellon Pipe Band. Then to close the event, NJE Fireworks provided all those in attendance with a spectacular fireworks display. Organisers estimated the event attracted more than 3000 people to Ellon on the day.