Committee says thanks for switch-on success

Santa was kept very busy as children queued to meet the man himself.

Santa was kept very busy as children queued to meet the man himself.

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The Light Up Peterhead Committee have almost reached their £10,000 target for this year's festive display.

Following a successful switch-on event at the town's Drummer's Corner, the five-strong committee is confident that the target will be achieved thanks to the generosity of townsfolk and businesses.

Nicky, Phyllis, Roselyn, Jackie and Caroline have extended their thanks to everyone who helped make the switch-on event last Friday such a success.

"It was heartening to see so many people there enjoying the event and creating such a community spirit," said Phyllis.

"We are just short of our £10,000 target but have promised donations to come so are confident of reaching it.

"Many thanks for donations already received from Scottish Week, Apex Church, Masson Glennie, Little Shoe Bootique, Donalds of Peterhead, Stewart & Watson, Peterhead Port Authority, Rotary Club of Peterhead, Bain Henry Reid, The Flower Shop, Methodist Church, Simply Events, Neil Daniel, Bright Beginnings Nursery, Eilidh Whiteford MP, Stewart Stevenson MSP, Spencer Fairs, Premier Catering, all businesses who have displayed our collection tins and members of the public who have donated through the Light Up Just Giving page. Also to Morrisons and Asda for collection and bag packing days, which raised £1,000," she said.

Phyllis said the committee was very grateful for all the help and support it received both before and during the event from the following generous companies and individual:. Asco, MB Plant Vehicle and Plant Hire, Surelift UK, J&J Buchan, Buchan Power Tools, Port Authority, B&F Supplies/ B&F Motors for the tree, Sandy Garvock, Joel Casie, Stephen Wilson, Vintage Loft, Scottish Week, Aberdeenshire Council Roads and Landscape Services departments and for the power supply, AM Campbell Electrical, Imagineering, Inke, North East Weekly, Symposium, Palace Hotel, John K.C. Reid, Police and Fire Brigade.

A massive thank you was also extended to Brian of Brian McLennan Transport, who did such a sterling job organising the lorry parade, the likes of which has rarely been seen anywhere else, and to all the drivers who took part. Also to Brian's family for spending a week decorating Santa's trailer and to Round Table for the loan of the sleigh.

Thanks were also expressed to Martin and Theresa and all the young folk of Theatre Modo. "We couldn't have managed without their help," said Phyllis.

Superb entertainment was provided for the evening by Buchan Community Radio, Churches Together choir, Clerkhill School, Creative Stars, Red Brick Theatre Company and Theatre Modo, and thanks were given to them.

Phyllis also thanked Leah Brown (11) of Dales Park School and Sean Duthie (8) of Burnhaven School for switching on the tree lights, as winners of the Christmas picture competition. All entries are displayed in theTheatre Modo cafe in Drummers Corner.

She added: "Thanks are also due to all the shops who opened late and added to the festive atmosphere, The Buchanie and Waves FM for helping us to promote the event, everyone who came to enjoy the switch on and parade, all our family and friends for their help and support and last but definitely not least, a heartfelt thank you to our Santa, Lewis Cowie, who did a sterling job and would give the real Santa a run for his money!

"In all the excitement we forgot to do the draw for the sweet hamper, but this now taken place and the winner is Millie of Peterhead, who has been contacted."