Heading for a winter wonderland

GIRVAN will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas wonderland for this year’s street party.

The town’s businesses and community groups have been working with the Christmas committee to make this year this best yet.

The moves comes after many people had voiced concern that the fairground attractions dominated the party and there was a need to get back to a traditional Christmas feeling.

A spokesman for the Christmas committee said they have been working tirelessly to give the town a night to be proud of – and appealed to other business owners in the town to get behind the plans.

He said: “Our aim is to regenerate Girvan town centre into a Victorian Christmas wonderland for the Girvan community and beyond.

“This night will hopefully generate increased revenue for the economy, support worthwhile community groups that need vital donations and bring the spirit of Christmas to Girvan. There is a lot of work to do and we need your support.”

Plans include having competitions for the best dressed shop window – and the group hopes every business in the town will get involved in the spirit of the night.

The spokesman continued: “We would ask as many of you to take part either by opening your doors and introducing late-night shopping for your regular customers and members of the public or decorating your windows with sparkling Christmas displays.

“Details for this year’s best Christmas window display will be available soon.”

In a letter to local businesses, it was revealed that the group has already been in touch with national media outlets such as STV and BBC Scotland for further promotion.

And it was also announced that it has begun discussions with the Stranraer to Ayr Line Support Association (SAYLSA) about providing entertainment on the train in another way to encourage people to come down to Girvan for the night.

The spokesman said: “Richard Carr of SAYLSA has been talking with ScotRail on our behalf to arrange entertainment on the Ayr to Girvan train to transport as many potential customers as possible.

“Nothing comes without a price and we are asking every business in Girvan to donate £10 to support this year’s Christmas events.

“In this business climate, we feel it is best not to look for sponsors but to ask all for an affordable amount of money.

“If you have any comments or would like to take part, please let either Jackie Anderson at Dunlop’s or Gillian Black at Shimmer to let them know, and we will inform you of any future meetings.”