Glow Parade brightens up a dreich night in the town

Theatre Modo and Santa making their way down Marischal Street as part of the Glow Parade
Theatre Modo and Santa making their way down Marischal Street as part of the Glow Parade

Peterhead town centre was lit up by glowsticks as the Glow Parade took place on Thursday night.

The parade began outside the Sheriff Courthouse on Queen Street with stilt walkers from Theatre Modo taking part in the parade, which was headed by Santa, who was inside his sleigh.

Theatre Modo Santa shaking hands with a new friend at the Glow Parade

Theatre Modo Santa shaking hands with a new friend at the Glow Parade

The weather was not on the participants’ side but that did not stop parents and children joining in.

Some local shops took part by having a late opening night, with some even offering special discounts.

The parade stopped at Drummers Corner with Santa waving goodbye and the Theatre Modo stilt walkers mingled with the public.

Some lucky children got to shake hands with Modo’s very own large Santa who took part in the procession.

Director of Theatre Modo, Martin Danziger, said: “We could have had better weather but once the make up and costumes were on it doesn’t really matter.

“It is great to be involved. We have around 20 stilt walkers and it is great to have these talents and they can walk on cobbles without falling!”

Light Up Peterhead committee chair, Cathleen Agnew, said: “The Light up Peterhead committee would like to thank Scotia Animations for the great display of lights in the town centre, all the ladies who baked for our events, all the models at our Fashion Shows, all those who perform at our events, Stephen & Roselyn Bruce, Local Community Planning Group, Grampian Police, Peterhead Port Authority, Peterhead Power Station, Subsea 7, Jog Scotland, Shell, Caley Fisheries, Stewart Stevenson MSP, The Round Table, Marshall Logistics, The Sea Cadets, The Methodist Church, The Congregational Church, Apex Community Hall, M&Co, Something Special, Arbuthnot House, Buchan Development Partnership, The Buchanie, Robert Emslie, The Waterside Inn, Simpson’s Tearoom, Symposium, Nickel & Dime, M&B, Timpsons, Dorothy Jack Ladieswear, Donalds, Your Town Centre, North East Weekly, Buchan Advertiser, Buchan Crafters, and all who have donated to the funds.

“We would also like to thank Apex Church, The Baptist Church, Foundationstone, St Andrews Church and the Salvation Army for funding the new banner light for Queen Street “Jesus - The Reason for the Season”.

We wish you all a very happy and blessed Christmas and hope you enjoy shopping in Peterhead this year.”

Don’t forget the town’s Christmas lights display will be officially switched on at a special event tomorrow ( Saturday, November 24).

Again, Santa will be prominent in the day’s festivities, with Theatre Modo taking part including lantern bearers, stilt walkers, a big puppet and possibly drummers all helping to make the day a special one for Peterhead folk.

The Salvation Army band will be playing from 3.45pm to 4pm, with the official switch-on of the Christmas tree at 4pm, this year to be performed by Stephen Bruce in his Olympic relay attire, who will light the tree with the Olympic torch.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon, with the fun beginning at 1.45pm, and it’s sure to be an afternoon not to be missed.

Santa will be in his grotto for children to visit, with Theatre Modo performers providing a super spectacle during the afternoon.