The festive season began in Laurencekirk last week, with the erection of the tree and 40 festive lights all along the High Street.
Six new lights have been purchased this year along with the tree lights at a cost of £1700
Lots of hard work goes into this community effort, first all the lights have to be insured, checked and passed by a qualified electrician.
A coffee morning was held and organised by the W.R.I. and the Ladies Club to raise funds for the lights.
A spokesperson said: ‘‘This event was well attended by the public with thanks to all who supported by attending, giving donations and supplying items for the raffle,cake and candy and bottle stalls, a big thank you to all concerned, and a total of £1425 was raised.
‘‘Thanks also to volunteers Stuart Murray, Ryan Arthur, Peter and Neil Reid for erecting the lights and to David Gammie and Sandy Duncan drivers of the mechanical lifters for their dedication in the pouring rain and for all their hard work erecting the lights and Christmas tree, to make sure Laurencekirk looks great for the festive period.
‘‘Thanks also Ian Robb for the lovely tree and to Clive Mitchell for the haulage, to John and Carol Medlock for the storage of the lights, and to the Gammie Family for the use of teleporter and forklift a big thank you to all.
‘‘As this is a community effort, further support would welcome and donations will be gratefully received and can be handed to Helen Reid co-ordinator of the Christmas Lights.’’