Lights and late shopping in Banchory

Many Banchory shops are lending a hand in the run up to Christmas by staying open late on Thursday, November 29 in conjunction with the Christmas tree switch on celebrations, starring local Olympian Ben Kilner.

The evening will provide entertainment by the Banchory Pipe Band and Banchory Singers, warming food and drink by Rotary, Lions, Deeside Drinks Emporium and Continental Cream and plenty of shopping opportunities in local shops. Chatterbox, Tease and Dee-licious all plan to join in the fun.

The switch on is at 6pm and the shops will stay open until 8pm

Banchory Business Association have also resurrected their Best Christmas window competition and trophy, first won by Forbes the Chemist in 1981 and most recently by Continental Cream in 2007.

They are suggesing that all shops have their Christmas window display in place by November 29 to make the evening a real start to the festive season.