Lafarge help to light up Dunbar

Mark Taylor, Gavin Tulloch, Hugh Pumphrey, John Band (all from Dunbar) using LED rope light to repair an existing light. (Photo by Tracey Largue)
Mark Taylor, Gavin Tulloch, Hugh Pumphrey, John Band (all from Dunbar) using LED rope light to repair an existing light. (Photo by Tracey Largue)

Lafarge Tarmac has chosen Dunbar Christmas Lights Committee as the recipient of one of its annual community awards and the £480 donation will helping with the town’s popular display.

Angie McDougall, one of the organisers of the annual spectacle, said: “We are extremely grateful to Lafarge Tarmac for this community award which is contributing towards the much needed upgrading of the lights.

“The lights are funded entirely by voluntary donations and it costs in the region of £5,000 to maintain, erect and take down the lights every year. Some of the lights are getting pretty old and we are starting to change from older rope lights to LED lights to bring us into line with new legislation and there will be significant expenditure over the next couple of years to upgrade our equipment. The LED rope light is more energy efficient than existing light ropes.

“We have a small team of dedicated volunteers who help throughout the year. They work on the lights 48 weeks of the year to make sure they’re ready for Christmas. Folk don’t have to be a qualified electrician to be able to help, although we would certainly welcome any electrician who is able to offer voluntary advice. Overall, anyone who would like to help us is welcome - many hands make the Christmas lights work! The guys meet at the Corn Exchange every Wednesday from 7-9pm and anyone interested should call Sue on 01368 864794, contact us in Facebook or simply turn up at the Corn Exchange just off the High Street.”

Florin Stoiean, Plant Manager at Lafarge Tarmac Dunbar, added: “I am glad to announce the latest beneficiary of our Community Awards Scheme and the Dunbar Christmas Lights is a very worthy recipient. The community awards are decided by a committee made up of several members of the workforce here at the cement plant.

“The committee makes community awards to various organisations across East Lothian and the Christmas lights in Dunbar certainly bring a lot of pleasure to many people from across the area at this time of year.”