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Xmas Lights Switch On 2016

Christmas Lights Society would like to say a great big thank you to everyone for the tremendous help from the very start of our fundraising to the fantastic turnout at the switch-on last Saturday, 3rd December. Being our first year, we had no concept of how things would be on the night but Lochwinnoch did itself proud at the switch-on and we couldn't have hoped for better.

Special thanks to Carmen Pieraccini for switching the lights on. The night would not have been possible without the help we’ve received through the bucket and can donations and other contributions we want to mention. The New Year’s Day Dance group gave us our starting balance last January. Then we had contributions from Lochwinnoch Community Council and Renfrewshire Council. Royal Bank of Scotland and the new bridge construction company, Coffey, who all gave us excellent support towards the lights. We also want to mention the very generous donations we received from Gordon McCleary and former Junction owners Val and Angie. Our our project was supported both nationally and internationally!! The support has been fantastic. So, to mention just a few, The Choir, Pulse Dance Academy, The Small Fezzes and the Gamble Boys, who all excelled and gave their time generously to entertain us. The Brown Bull for providing and serving the mulled wine and Calder Gallery for donating a Christine Brown framed print for the Raffle. Special thanks to Lesley Adam Photography for capturing the magic on the night. And a big thank you has to be given to our two hall keepers, Margaret and Laura, as they dealt with all our arrangements on the night when they are already under considerable pressure having five classes relocated from the Primary School.

There are so many people who worked hard behind the scenes and we thank you all. You know who you are!! Finally, the biggest thank you of all is to all of you who came along and took part. Although things went so well on the night we had some VERY scary moments going on behind the scenes on the afternoon of the Switch-on. At 1.30pm, we received a call from John Flood from Lighting at Renfrewshire Council, to tell us that the lamp-posts we have our lights fitted to had no power and it was out of their hands as the fault was with work being done by Scottish Power at Johnshill. That afternoon, Christine pulled out all the stops. With help from Councillor Chris Gilmour, John Flood and three amazing teams from Scottish Power who, when they heard what happened, came from different locations to work flat out to get our Switch-on to work on time. This help and support was fantastic and we are very grateful for this as, otherwise, all our work would have been in vain, so huge thanks to all these people.

We are delighted with the way it's all come together and we hope to increase the Christmas Lights in the village in the next few years. We’re going to continue with our donation cans in local business premises throughout the year as the more donations we can collect, the better a display we can have. Lochwinnoch has shown us great support and we hope to see you all again next year on 2nd December 2017. Thanks again to all and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas from Christine, Jane and Jim 

See some photos by Lesley Adams of the Lochwinnoch Xmas Lights switch on 2016