Girvan’s street party saved by volunteers

The Girvan Christmas Street Party has been saved for 2014 after a crunch meeting was held this week to discuss its future.

There had been real fears that one of the town’s most popular annual events would be cancelled this year, but a bigger committee has been formed which means plans for this year’s event can now drive forward.

And it is welcome news for the town after last week’s shock revelation that the Carrick Festival of Light is not going ahead in November.

At a meeting on Wednesday July 9 three members of the current committee agreed to stay on whilst three new committee members came forward to help out.

Margaret O’Donnell remains as chair of the street party committee whilst Marion McMaster has taken on the role of Vice Chair.

David Girvan is the secretary of the committee whilst Jennifer Clanahan has been elected as Treasurer.

Cari McNeill and Barry Dawson have also agreed to be on the committee and help ensure another successful street party at Christmas time for Girvan.

Even though it is only the middle of July and the time of the school holidays, planning has to take place months in advance to ensure the event goes ahead tip top on the night.

The committee will meet again next month to continue with the plans for December 5th, the night of the street party.

That meeting will take place on Thursday August 7th at 6.30pm in ASDA Girvan’s training room and everyone is welcome to attend.

for committee members or anyone who wishes to help out on the night.

The news will be welcomed particularly by the youngsters in the town and surrounding villages who turn out in large numbers to see Santa on his sleigh and to join in the festive fun.

And businesses will also be breathing a sigh of relief as many of them open their doors up for the general public to come in and meet staff and it is a fine way of the town coming together at the festive time of year.

The 2013 Girvan Christmas Street Party saw the first ever Snow King and Snow Queen and also featured Santa’s Sleigh and reindeer as well as the opportunity to visit his Grotto at Stumpy Tower.

And every year there are fantastic stalls with something for everyone including those on the lookout for Christmas gifts for family and friends.

The rides for young kids and teenagers are also popular and it is hoped once again that the costs of these rides will be capped once again for 2014.

The next few months will be vital in ensuring another great street party.