Christmas tree journey begins

The tree will be placed in the market square next week

The tree will be placed in the market square next week

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Next week Stonehaven’s Christmas Tree will arrive to get ready for the big switch on on November 28, but do you know how it gets here?

The tree is done by residents of Stonehaven, who give up their time and effort with the big pay off coming when the lights switch on.

Previous years when the light were switched on, a common theme was occuring when we spoke to residents; they all loved the smiles on the childrens faces.

Preparations for the parade switch on and tree getting here have been well underway for months. Stonehaven Business Association (SBA) are still looking for some volunteer stewards to come forward on the day to help with the parade and Stonehaven and District Community Council (SDCC) have picked out this years tree.

The tree is donated by David Strang Steel for free and was picked by SDCC Chair and Vice Chair Knud Christensen and Phil Mills-Bishop last year. This year David Strang Steel picked the tree from his land in Banchory which will be transport by Mark Spence and Jim Stephen from MGS Logistics on Tuesday November 24.

Mark and Jim give up their time to pick up the tree from Banchory and transport it to Stonehaven and head towards the market square.

The 20ft tree will be placed in the market square with help from Aberdeenshire Council’s Landscape services who lift up the lid and secure the tree before they switch on the electricity to the area. Police Scotland will also be in attendance due to the lorry with a crane that will be on the street in the morning delievering the tree.

Before the lights are switched on next Saturday, community council members will decorate the tree with help from Groundwater in Stonehaven who will supply a cherry picker for the community councillors.

Knud Christensen the current chair of the Stonehaven Community Council said: “SDCC supports the lights and Christmas spirit throughout the town. I think it is amazing the people that give up their time and effort for us to have tree.

“They are so many people who put in a great effort, from David Strang Steel, to landscape services and Jim Stephen and Mark Spence.”

The big switch on will take place next week on Saturday November 28, with a host of festivities on offer.