Town’s festive display relying on cash push

The small group of volunteers has agreed to concentrate on Drummer's Corner this year given the tight timescale.
The small group of volunteers has agreed to concentrate on Drummer's Corner this year given the tight timescale.

A handful of volunteers will aim to light up at least part of Peterhead this Christmas, following a disappointing turnout at a public meeting on Wednesday.

A call for the Blue Toon community to rally round and help light up the town fell on deaf ears, with only eight people in attendance at last week’s meeting.

However, undaunted the small group hopes to erect a Christmas tree and lights around the Drummer’s Corner area of the town and is hoping to raise the £3,000 required to do so by November 28, when the official switch-on will take place.

Letters will be sent out to potential sponsors and a new Light up Peterhead Facebook page has been created along with a justgiving link in a bid to raise the cash required.

Chairing Wednesday’s meeting, Shirley Duthie said: “At this late stage there’s not much we can do with the resources we have so we need to concentrate on one area of town - Drummer’s Corner.

“We have been promised a tree by Peterhead Projects Ltd along with a £100 donation, but we need to light the tree and erect lights at least on the lamposts, so we need cash quickly,” she said.

The group hopes that enough cash can be raised to achieve that initial aim for this year - but it will take a concerted effort from the local community.

“If every household in Peterhead gave just £1 we could have a fantastic display,” said Shirley. “That’s not a lot to ask.”

“We really need everyone to pull together so that we can have at least some festive cheer this year.”

A programme of entertainment is also in the planning stages for the switch-on on November 28, which will also see the popular Muckle Market staged. There will also be a late night shopping event in the town on November 27.