Improved Christmas lighting display after £6,500 spend

Christmas lights
Christmas lights

Forfar can look forward to an impressive Christmas light display this year following a spend of more than £6,000 on new and replacement features.

Local councillor Ian McLaren told the town’s community councillors at their last meeting that 10 new features have been added to the display, which he said should represent “a great improvement”.

He said: “We decided to spend £6,500 on lights. There are ten new features as the ones we had were more than 15 years old and a bit dated and some were beyond repair. One main street feature was badly damaged and had to be replaced.

“We now have a good set of lights which will be a great improvement.”

The town’s traditional lights switch-on will take place this year on Thursday, November 28, and will be organised by Forfar Rotary,

Mums, dads and children are being asked to assemble at The Cross early, from 6 p.m. onwards.

With the support from Angus Council’s roads division, Castle Street will be closed to traffic shortly before six o’clock when the community will begin congregating around the Christmas tree in Castle Street.

As in previous years, every child in Forfar is invited to bring along a letter to Santa and mums and dads are asked to make sure that each letter includes a full name and address so that Santa can reply.

Some of the shops around the Municipal Buildings at the Cross will remain open during the switch-on to extend their own welcome to Santa.

Kirriemuir’s switch-on will take place at The Square in Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m. when there will be carol singing to an instrumental band accompaniment and a chance to enjoy hot chocolate while waiting for the countdown to the Christmas tree being lit up. Santa will again be in attendance to receive children’s letters.

Some parking restrictions will be in operation during the ceremony.