Peterhead's Christmas convoy is cancelled
With the popular Peterhead Gadle Braes bonfire having been cancelled due to government Tier 2 restrictions, it was perhaps no surprise to hear that this year’s Light Up Peterhead Christmas Convoy had followed suit.
The Light Up Peterhead Committee made the announcement on Thursday following lengthy discussions with Aberdeenshire Council’s licensing department.
The event was due to be held on Saturday, November 21 following the lighting of the town’s tree and festive decorations.
In a post on its Facebook page, the group stated: The Light Up Committee is sorry to say that the Light Up Peterhead Christmas Convoy is now cancelled.
“After discussion and guidance from the Aberdeenshire licensing department, we have been advised that due to Scottish Government guidelines and Aberdeenshire being in Tier 2, no events are permitted.
“As a committee we want to protect our community.
“We would like to thank Brian McLennan for all his hard work for this year’s event and the previous years, and thank everyone who had already entered. We will be back next year with an even bigger and better parade to spread some Christmas cheer.
“The committee will still be putting up the Christmas lights and trees and appreciate the support from the community in these difficult times.”
The Christmas Convoy has proved to be an extremely popular event in the run-up to Christmas as part of the town’s light-up celebrations.
A lengthy parade of trucks, adorned with lights and sounding their horns make their way from the town centre to the Lido to bring the light-up celebrations to a conclusion.
This year, the tree lights will be switched on at 4pm on November 21 and while there will be no gathering at Drummer’s Corner for the traditional event there will be some virtual events to involve the public.
Children have been asked to make a decoration for the town house tree.
They are invited to attach their home-made decoration to the fencing around the tree, take a photo and send it to the Light Up FB page where prizes will be awarded for the best decoration.
Santa will pay the lucky winners a socially-distanced visit with their prize.
The committee added: “We hope this brings a bit of cheer to the community.”