Town centre sparkles at Ellon’s switch-on

Ellon Primary School pupils Sally Hughes and Ewan Geddes get ready to switch on lights
Ellon Primary School pupils Sally Hughes and Ewan Geddes get ready to switch on lights
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Thousands of visitors and residents flocked to Ellon’s Christmas Lights switch on last weekend.

The event attracted almost 5,000 people and saw 400 youngsters visit Santa’s grotto.

Santa and Rudolph on the their sleigh throughout the town

Santa and Rudolph on the their sleigh throughout the town

Stall holders in Neil Ross Square battled with rain and windy conditions which soon cleared up when Santa appeared.

Buchan Community Radio, Ythan Fiddlers and Ythan Singers provided festive music throughout the day as customers browsed the various stalls.

With over 60 participants from Ellon Meadows Football Club and Glenythan Badminton Club, the traditional parade was even bigger than ever.

The procession was set off by members from Ellon Rotary, Resource Centre, Ellon Fire Brigade and Police Scotland as well as Ellon and District pipe band.

The evening ended on a spectacular bang with a fireworks display at the riverside.

Ellon Community Council Chairperson Sandy McDougall praised community council members for organising the event and thanked participants and volunteers from the local organisations that dedicate weeks to plan and deliver the event.

Generous donations from the public and local businesses suggest that the community council have enough funding to deliver next year’s event.