Christmas tree lights up village centre

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Laurencekirk has lit-up for the Christmas period thanks to the efforts of five local lads.

The lads came up with the idea of a new artificial tree after the disaster of the two previous years of storm damage to the lights and the tree being broken last year.

They decided to give some thought into how they could design and fabricate a tree that would last.

After much thought and discussion the design was decided and fabricated and hopefully will be appreciated by the residents and local business of Laurencekirk and district by going green and not cutting down a real tree.

The street lights and tree went up at the weekend to coincide with the attraction of the late night shopping on Tuesday 1st December.

The lads involved in the design and fabrication of the new tree, Ryan Arthur, Stuart Murray, Neil and Peter Reid and fabricator Calum Rae of Donald Rae & Sons should be applauded for giving up their time and commitment for the benefit of the community along with the help of the Gammie families for the vehicles and drivers Sandy Duncan and Andrew Gammie with erection of the lights and tree.

Without their help Laurencekirk would not have the wonderful display they have and surely will be the envy of many other larger communities .

A coffee morning is held each year to assist with funding of the lights along with various other donations and funding from other sources, as each year a number of the lights need to be refurbished along with testing and insurance all of which needs some source of funding.

If any business or member of the community have not donated to the display and would like to do so contact co-ordinator of Laurencekirk Christmas Lights, Helen Reid on 01561 377252,