Maybole’s festive season switched on

With Santa are Jack Gemmell and Letia McGeachie Gala King and Queen of Carrick, Provost Helen Moonie, Lord David Kennedy (Marquess of Ailsa) and Cllrs Ann Galbraith and William Grant.
With Santa are Jack Gemmell and Letia McGeachie Gala King and Queen of Carrick, Provost Helen Moonie, Lord David Kennedy (Marquess of Ailsa) and Cllrs Ann Galbraith and William Grant.

Maybole’s festive season started on Friday night with a parade through the town before the official switching on of the Christmas lights.

New this year was a nativity scene and lasers reflecting on the castle.

New this year was the transformation of the Town Hall garden into a winter wonderland.

New this year was the transformation of the Town Hall garden into a winter wonderland.

Senga Mason, Chairperson of Maybole Community Association, welcomed everyone to the switch on.

She said, “This event would not have been possible had it not been for our major sponsors, namely North Carrick Community Benefit Company, South Ayrshire Council and Awards for All.

“Bobby Borland and Alan Masson and their teams from Ayrshire Roads Alliance have to be commended for all the help they have given the Association over the last few months to enable us to put on a new display of lights.

“We have a new nativity scene this year and this had been possible due to David Rodger, local Builders, for supplying the wood and cutting out the figures and also to Miss Love, Caitlin and Chloe Millar at Carrick Academy for painting the figures. The nativity this year has been put in the Community Garden adjacent to the Town Hall so that everyone can get close to it and enjoy it with their families.

The Christmas lights switch on in Maybole

The Christmas lights switch on in Maybole

“My personal thanks go to John Jamieson. John is a great supporter of Maybole Community Association and Maybole as a town. No job is ever too big and is always at hand when I require help.

“The parade tonight has been possible due to Maybole Pipe Band who led the parade and also Carrick Round Table for providing a fabulous sleigh and transporting our invited guests.

“We have been really privileged this year to have Creative Scotland and I hope you all enjoy meeting the Past, The Present and the Future. They will be in the garden after the lights have been switched on for everyone to meet them.

“The Marquess of Ailsa has kindly given us permission to use the castle and this year there is a laser on this historic building. Please take a walk down the street to see how magnificent the castle is looking and also Maybole Library. The marshals who volunteered and Maybole Police did a great job ensuring that everyone was safe tonight walking in the parade. The team from Carrick Lightfest in Girvan kindly allowed us to use their wasps and I am sure you will all agree this was a fantastic addition to our parade. The Staff at Maybole Town Hall as usual were only too happy to help.

Torchlight Procession from Carrick Academy to the Town Hall led by Maybole Pipe Band

Torchlight Procession from Carrick Academy to the Town Hall led by Maybole Pipe Band

“I would personally like to thank all the above and our invited guests, the Gala King and Queen, the Marquess of Ailsa, the Provost and local Councillors for joining us this evening, And finally a huge thank you to each and every one of you for turning out tonight for the parade and the switch-on, I hope you all enjoy the Christmas Lights in Maybole over the Festive Period as these lights belong to you ,the people of Maybole.”

These youngsters enjoyed the Christmas lights switch on

These youngsters enjoyed the Christmas lights switch on