It’s the big Christmas switch on at Ayr

South Ayrshire’s Christmas Lights will be switched on this year by Provost Helen Moonie, during an exciting programme of entertainment on Ayr’s High Street, between 4 and 6pm on Sunday 18 November.

The traditional switch-on takes place during a fantastic afternoon of top class musical talent, which sees the High Street closed to traffic, allowing shoppers, visitors and merry makers the chance to rub shoulders and enjoy a magical medley of marvellous entertainment!

This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with the critically acclaimed Scottish alternative folk rock band Kassidy, topping the bill.

Hot on the heels of a hectic two-year tour, Kassidy will be performing hits from their new album ‘One Man Army’ – the successful follow up to their first album Hope Street.

Now signed with Mercury records, the band share a love of influences from the Beach Boys to Neil Young, so expect some quality sounds to get you in fine festive spirit. Scottish success story Leon Jackson will also be making his debut Ayr appearance, fresh from supporting Newton Faulkner in Dundee.

The 2007 X-Factor winner has been dividing his time between Glasgow, London and Los Angeles, writing and developing a new acoustic driven sound, which includes a Scottish folk twist, sure to be a hit with the crowds in Ayr.

But that’s not all!

Bags of Rock, a foot tapping, high-energy Scottish group with a difference group are a certainty to get everyone into the swing of things, having just won ‘Group of the Year’ and ‘Rock Recording of the Year’ accolades at the Scottish New Music Awards.

The band describe their act as “a modern twist on traditional Scotland” with a set which caters for all tastes and all ages – with the only proviso being that it helps if you like the bagpipes!

Completing the line-up is local talent Jemma McSheffery a talented young singer songwriter from Ayr who also plays guitar and violin.

Add to this recipe a super selection of fantastic shops and free parking on Saturday afternoon (and all day on Sunday) plus a generous helping of Christmas activities, the Ayrshire Cancer Support’s Santa Dash, fairground rides and the unique festive experience that Ayr has to offer and you can’t fail to have a fun-filled, family day out in Ayr!

Provost Moonie said: “I’d encourage everyone to come along and join in the fun and if the crowds are anything like those we’ve enjoyed in previous years, then so much the better.

“We really do have a superb mix of acts and entertainment this year and it really is a case of the more the merrier.

“So come along and join in the fun, share the buzz and celebrate the start of the countdown to Christmas, with a magical and musical afternoon – right in the heart of Ayr Town Centre!”