Despite the wet weather a large crowd turned out to see Wynsome Mayde Lucy MacPherson switch on the Duns Christmas lights on Sunday.
Duns Pipe Band, appropriately dressed in Santa suits entertained in the Market Square with a selection of Christmas Carols before Santa arrived on his sleigh with Lucy to perform the big ‘switch on’. Free mulled wine was also on offer.
Andrew Lester, Christmas Lights chairman, welcomed everyone and explained that the new lights were purchased with a grant from the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund. The grant was awarded to not only supply new lights but also to refurbish some of the existing displays which were inefficient and could not be connected to the new power supplies.
Duns Christmas Lights members worked hard with Scottish Borders Council to arrange for the new outlets and connection to the street lighting circuits by Scottish Power. The council also awarded a grant of 50% of the cost of the new supplies with the balance coming from the wind farm grant.
All the money has been used and the coffers are empty so any donations would be welcome. Martin Allman kindly donated the proceeds of a collection at his 40th birthday party to the lights committee and he handed over a cheque on Sunday night.
Folowing a special countdown Lucy then switched the lights on to a rousing cheer.