Crowds turn out for Kirriemuir lights

Families thronged Kirrie's town square on Saturday evening for the switch-on of the town's lights.
Families thronged Kirrie's town square on Saturday evening for the switch-on of the town's lights.

The centre of Kirriemuir was thronged with families on Saturday when the town held the annual switch-on of its Christmas lights.

A popular addition to this year’s event was a Christmas market, manned by local businesses and community groups, which ran throughout the afternoon and added to the festive atmosphere and by the time the lights were switched on around 5.45 p.m. the town square was virtually filled to capacity.

Also popular with the youngsters was a special appearance of Santa, in association with Kirriemuir Round Table, while a fire eater also entertained the crowds.

The expanded event was a departure from that of previous years and Cathy Stevenson, one of the lead organisers, said she was happy with the way things had gone and that it will form the basis for further development for next year.

She said: “The market idea was suggested about 13 weeks ago and we’ve had such good support with putting it on as a first-time event. To go from ideas to a live event in that time is good all round and while it wasn’t perfect we can make it better.

“It went extremely well and from about 1 p.m. until at least 4 p.m. the town centre was busy with families and we had a near capacity crowd for the switch-on. It was a different format this year, but everyone had a good time.

“I’m very happy with the way things went although I’m happy for people to come up with new ideas or things that we could have done differently.”

Cathy also thanked the wider community for its support in organising the ceremony, particularly Webster’s High School whose pupils volunteered to act as marshals throughout.

She added: “We had really good support from the high school. I conducted a workshop with the first years regarding what they’d like to see in a Christmas market and some of their ideas will be incorporated next year; pupils also volunteered to marshal the event. They did an excellent job and it was very much appreciated.”