Christmas switch on lights up Blue Toon

Manager of the SSE Peterhead Power station Tony Thomas donates a cheque to Cath Agnew Light up Peterhead chairperson.
Manager of the SSE Peterhead Power station Tony Thomas donates a cheque to Cath Agnew Light up Peterhead chairperson.

The countdown to Christmas is officially on in Peterhead as the lights were switched on at the weekend.

After the Light Up Peterhead’s Glow Parade on Thursday night, the official Christmas light switch on took place on Saturday, November 24.

On the day, those in attendance were treated to a visit from Santa, performers from Theatre Modo and a musical treat from the Salvation Army Band who were based at Drummers Corner.

There was also music from a range of singers, some who were local and others who were from Eastern Europe and they had no trouble entertaining the crowds.

Stephen and Roselyn Bruce were on hand to help light the tree with their very own Olympic Torches.

Children had the chance to meet Santa in his Grotto and tell him what they would like to find waiting for them on Christmas morning.

Santa managed to stay the whole day, meeting as many boys and girls as he could to make sure he got their Christmas lists correct.

The countdown to the big switch on began with the Salvation Army Band playing some songs to get the crowd into the festive spirit.

Performers from Theatre Modo were there in the form of stilt walkers, lantern bearers and some were even fire-eaters.

Preparation for the big event started at 9am in the morning even though the first of the entertainment didn’t start until 2pm.

The performers from Theatre Modo took part in a street collection for Light Up Peterhead.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Light Up Peterhead committee chairperson, Cathleen Agnew, said: “Everybody thinks the council covers it but its not, every penny has to be raised.”

Turn out was good, though Cath added: “It was cold so people drifted in and out. Not so many managed to stay the whole day”.