Duns gets £10,000 Christmas lights grant

Santa Claus with Phoebe Smith of Duns at the Christmas lights switch on 2012.
Santa Claus with Phoebe Smith of Duns at the Christmas lights switch on 2012.

The spirits of Duns Christmas Lights committee have been lit up thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Blackhill Windfarm Fund.

This year’s lights will be switched on on Sunday, December 8 and there could well be some new ones to look out for thanks to the funding boost, which when coupled with funding in the region of £4,000 from Scottish Borders Council, should make quite a difference

It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the committee, known affectionately in the town as the ‘Erection Section’.

Two years ago there were serious fears that Duns Square would be filled with darkness over the festive period after a row over power connections but this was thankfully resolved, meaning the switch on went ahead as planned.

Erection Section member Stuart Renton said that with a very real threat last year that the council funding would fold, to get the SBC funding and Blackhill grant was a terrific boost.

“We found out the windfarm money would come recently and it’s fantastic news.

“The majority of the money will be spent on new power sources for the Square and we’re also planning to replace some of the existing lights.

“Time’s marching on so we’re hoping everything will be in place on time.”