Blue Toon WILL be lit up this Christmas

Peterhead Christmas lights 2013
Peterhead Christmas lights 2013

Peterhead IS to get a festive lights display this year and the Christmas display is expected to be erected at the end of this week.

Local businesses were asked to dig deep earlier this year after a shortfall in funding put the erection of this year’s lights in jeopardy.

However, Kevin O’Brien of the Light Up Peterhead Committee was delighted to report last week that the lights would go up.

“We have more than half the money that we required to erect the lights and I’m delighted to say that they will be going up at the end of this week,” he said.

“The town’s businesses have been generous yet again in helping to get the lights up in time for the start of the festive season and I am grateful for their generosity.”

Mr O’Brien said that there had also been a questionmark over the provision of a Christmas tree for the town, but McDonalds had come forward and provided a sponsorship package allowing a tree to be erected in Drummer’s Corner.

“We managed to source a tree from the Forestry Commission at a cost to ourselves, but McDonalds have kindly come forward and agreed to sponsor the tree.

“They will have a banner around it when it is erected later this week, and again I would like to thank them for their support.”

However, the committee revealed that unfortunately there will be no official switch-on or parade this year. Instead, they are supporting Churches Together which is hosting a carol singing event on December 20 from 2pm to 4pm.