Banchory’s getting ready for Christmas

Last year's big switch on in Banchory: SFRS and Santa
Last year's big switch on in Banchory: SFRS and Santa

Banchory’s Christmas lights will be switched on this weekend, with Tiger Strachan, formerly of the Gordon Highlanders, doing the honours.

This year’s event will start at 2:30pm on Saturday, November 21, just after the farmers’ market finishes.

The switch on will be performed by Leslie ‘Tiger’ Strachan, who was nominated for the honour for his services to the Banchory branch of the Royal British Legion.

Tiger was in the Gordon Highlanders in the 1950s, and joined the legion in 1960, where served as a bar steward for about 30 years.

He took the role of parade commander in 1985, where he was responsible for all legion members, youth organisations, and members of the public on Rememberance Day parades.

He also served on the committee, and was voted president in 2012.

He carried on these roles for decades, but still does a lot behind the scenes for the legion, and remains a valuable source of help and information.

Other special guests set to entertain include Santa, Blaze Bear and the festive fire engine, as well as Banchory Singers and our very own Pipe Band.

There will also be stalls selling gifts and raising money for local causes, including Rotary (mulled wine and mince pies), Scouts (hot dogs and hot chocolate) and Banchory Round Table.