Big Christmas lights switch on in Maybole

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TORRENTIAL rain may have meant the big switch-on of the Maybole Christmas lights was moved indoors, but it didn’t spoil the fun.

The Town Hall has always been held in reserve and on Saturday all the entertainment before the switch in was moved inside. Magic Malky got the fun going at 3pm and, from then on, there was plenty of seasonal music and dance to keep everyone happy.

The entertainment was provided by provided by Chikaz, Cairn Primary choir, Maybole Majorettes, Carrick Academy choir and pipers, St Cuthbert’s Primary choir, Michael Andrew, Gardenrose Primary choir and Ian Jack.

At 5.30pm, everyone made their way outside as Maybole Pipe Band marched from the library to the Town Hall, followed by Santa and his friends.

These included Ryan Speirs and Jacqui Gibson, current Gala King and Queen of Carrick, Provost Winifred Sloan, Adam Ingram MSP and local councillors Mairi Low and Sandra Goldie.

Provost Sloan welcomed everyone and thanked all those who had helped in any way to put on such a great event. She thanked everyone who had taken part in the entertainment, as well as Strathclyde Police, John Jamieson, GAB sound engineers, Bobby Borland of South Ayrshire Council, Maybole Community Association, David McKay (Maybole Butcher) and Eddie Glass.

Then it was time to count down for the big switch-on, which this year had a novel twist. Earlier, the Wizard had gathered everyone’s wishes into his crystal which was then used to trigger the switch on.

Afterwards there was a disco for under 12s in the hall. Another very successful switch-on.