There was disappointment as Girvan’s Christmas lights switch on had to go ahead - without the lights.
The drama happened after the truck carrying the lights was involved in a minor accident on the way to Girvan from Kilmarnock and had to turn back.
However a breakdown in communication meant bosses were not told the lights had not made it, and the event went ahead after frantic last minute work. It is also understood that brackets which hold the lights up were removed during the summer to allow trunk road works and had not been replaced.
The lights were to have been provided by Ayrshire Roads Alliance.
Girvan Street Party saw hundreds of people pack into Dalrymple Street in Girvan on Sunday with Santa’s Grotto one of the most popular attractions on the day with long queues for most of the event which ran from 3pm to 5.30pm.
The Christmas lights switch on went ahead with Carrick MP Corri Wilson with snow babes Ethan, Dayton and Kiera and snow king and queen, Deacon and Aieecia, switching on the Christmas tree lights at Stumpy Tower.
The best dressed shop winner was Fiofin Designs with Dinky Dogs second and Nicola Jane third.
The cup cakes competition was won by Ethan Wilde with the 5 and under competition won by Zander Smith and the 10 and under cometition won by Aieecia Johnstone.
Organiser Karen Clark-McCartney thanked everyone who helped on the day and there was special thanks for Councillor Alec Clark who had pulled out all the stops to make sure at least the Christmas tree was adorned with lights for the switch-on.
Karen said: “I want to thanks all the helpers on the day, and special thanks to Alec Clark. Without all your hard work we would have had no lights at all. Thanks to the community and to everyone for turning out.”
Councillor Alec Clark said: “I’ve been working my socks off to achieve what we have, and I’m really grateful to everyone for bearing with us. The volunteers did a fantastic job and the two electricians who were here are to be commmended. It was a fantastic turnout on the day.”
In an email to South Ayrshire Council officials Mr Clark asked: “Here we are once again at the cow’s tail in Girvan with the lighting guys working at the last minute this Sunday morning only for them to tell me that there will be no lights in Dalrymple Street because the supporting wires have been taken down and not replaced. An MP, the press, visitors and the general public along with expectant children all left deflated. Who answers for this?”
Councillor Alec Oattes said: “Well done and thank you to the community who did a fantastic job. it was disappointing to see Girvan let down with the lack of lights in the main street. But full credit to councillor Clark who did a fantastic job to ensure we had some lights. I share the disappointment of local people who see yet again Girvan coming at the dog’s tail.”
Stewart Turner, Head of Roads at the Ayrshire Roads Alliance said: “Girvan’s festive lights were officially switched on at Stumpy Tower, as planned, on Sunday 27 November. The installation of additional street lighting was completed the following day, after this was delayed on Friday 25 November, due to an incident outside our control, involving the delivery vehicle.”