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Chance to switch on Christmas lights

By Donald Wilson

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Lucy Harding with the first bauble entry.
Lucy Harding with the first bauble entry.

Youngsters and business owners are being given the opportunity to get involved in this year’s Countdown to Christmas event which will incorporate the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

Children across Nairn are being invited by Nairn Connects BID, which is organising the event on November 26, to make a Christmas decoration to be in with a chance of turning on the lights, accompanied by Father Christmas.

Meanwhile, the business community is being encouraged to decorate windows and shop fronts to ensure the town is a winter wonderland.

Decorations need to be in place by this Saturday, when the windows will be judged by STV’s Nicola McAlley with winners being announced at the Christmas lights switch on.

Nairn BID manager Lucy Harding said: “We are working with Inverness Farmers’ Market and others to bring a great event to Nairn to mark the countdown to Christmas and we want as many people as possible to get involved.

“We have run the Christmas decoration competition before and it’s always well received. If you are taking part, entries need to be taken to the community centre by November 24. They need to be clearly labelled with a name and contact details.”

Lucy added: “It’s the first time we have done the window dressing competition and the organisers of Inverness Farmers’ Market, who are running our street market on the day, are offering a £50 prize to the winner.

“There will be two runners-up prizes in retail and food and beverage categories. They will each receive a Highlands Gift Card to spend in Nairn.”

As well as the light switch on and market, there will be two craft fairs and entertainment.

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