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2020 has been a difficult year for most due to COVID19 but thankfully, Carnoustie Community Council hasn’t let that deter them when organising the town’s Christmas display.

The team of trusted volunteers has overcome new challenges this year and worked tirelessly with local businesses to ensure residents benefit and enjoy the striking Christmas decorations along the town’s main street.

So keen were the Carnoustie Community Council to lift everyone’s spirits and have the town shining brightly throughout the festive period that they have organised an online switch on ceremony on Sunday 29 November.

Thanks to the skill of local electrician, Ian Johnston from Johnston Electrical Services and volunteers from the Carnoustie Community Council, the illuminated displays were fitted with the assistance of lifting machinery from DJ Laing Group.

A new Christmas tree kindly donated by CGLMC and beautifully decorated by Planteur Landscapes.

Natalie Ross, member of the Carnoustie Community Council and coordinator of the Christmas Lights Team commented: “It has been a major task organising this year’s lights for its 5th year and an event for the forth year running particularly with the ongoing pandemic and sudden death of one of our key team members David Mackland. However thanks to the support of our lovely team of volunteers and the community, we hope it will still be a great event enjoyed by many residents.  The event could not go ahead without the support of local businesses and volunteers so we are grateful for their time and contribution. It’s amazing what can be accomplished even when under such difficult circumstances. Our aim as always is to bring some fun and festive focus to our wonderful town, local talent and great businesses. We are proud to be able to continue doing this and hope to be back with a street event in 2021”

Karen Nicoll, Managing Director of the DJ Laing Group commented: “We are pleased to provide the equipment to assist/support the Community Council in making the town festive for the Christmas season and we are especially grateful to our skilled machine operators for giving up their time at the weekend to help this great cause.  Well done Lex Richardson and Kenny Law.  As a  local business we are proud of our town and are happy to support the community in any we can. 

Carnoustie Community Council is also running a Christmas themed window competition where wooden letters have been hidden in shop windows.  If you’re lucky enough to find the hidden letters they will reveal a seasonal word/message and a £50 cash prize will be given to the lucky winner selected on Friday 11 December.  A prize is also available to the local business with the best Christmas window display and a take on the popular Elf on the Shelf will also offer a chance to win £50 to spend locally too. 

So get into the festive spirit and watch the town light up from the comfort and warmth of your home. The team are encouraging anyone with lights up in time, to take part by joining in with the switch on and sharing pictures or videos of residential areas lit up too Find the purpose built event group by searching Carnoustie Christmas Light Switch On @Home via Facebook. The team hope to create a short film of the highlights afterwards, to share with those unable to access Facebook so join in and be part of creating something special this year.