Rotary all set to light up Forfar

Members of Forfar Rotary Club try out Santa's sleigh to make sure it is in perfect working order for tomorrow evening.
Members of Forfar Rotary Club try out Santa's sleigh to make sure it is in perfect working order for tomorrow evening.

THE ROTARY Club of Forfar has again come up trumps to make sure the annual switching on of the town’s Christmas lights goes smoothly on Thursday evening.

Local children will be eagerly awaiting the grand switching on, as well as the arrival of Santa Claus to The Cross, and this year Rotarians have ensured Santa will arrive in style.

A spokesperson for the club said: “Santa had a real problem when he came to Forfar last year as his sleigh failed its MOT and only a temporary job saw it back in use.

“Not wanting the same problems this year, the Forfar Rotary Club has been busy making a suitable replacement for Santa and, having demolished a dilapidated caravan, set about saving the chassis frame.

“Following a complete refurbishment programme to the chassis and mechanics they have constructed a new sleigh fit for purpose to make sure the residents of Forfar will not be disappointed when Santa comes to town.”

The stage is all set for Thursday’s switching on by Angus councillor Lynne Devine who will “throw the switch” to light up the Christmas tree and street lights.

As in previous years the public are requested to arrive from 6 p.m when the Forfar Instrumental Band will entertain. Shops in and around The Cross are being encouraged to remain open.

The spokesperson continued: “All this work would not be possible without the generous help received from local businesses who once more have made donations of wood, nails, paint, electrics, flooring etc., thereby keeping down the costs of this public service asset.

“Many Rotarians have given their time and labour and the club has financially supported the project.

“They are indebted to Orchardbank Timber Products, Thrums Engineering Services, A M Phillips, Whittons Carpets and Strathmore Foods for the use of their storage premises.

“Thank you all for your response to assist us in these times of financial austerity; without your help it would not have been possible to do the work in such a short time frame.

“Santa, Mrs Claus and the Elves will distribute sweets and an orange to all the children who hand over their letter, all of which has been sponsored by Tesco Forfar.

“Parents are reminded to make sure that letters handed over to Santa have a legible name and full address on them so that Santa knows where to send his letter of reply.

The sleigh has enhanced lighting a better sound system as well as more room and safety for Santa and the elves.

And the new sleigh will also be put to good use when Santa makes a tour round the streets of Forfar in December.”

Dates and a timetable of when your area will be visited will be published at a later date and details will also appear on the Forfar Rotary website www.forfarrotary.org.uk

Look out for our special Christmas supplement next week for full details of local events.

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