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Fes­tive light shows set for sched­ule clash

Ayrshire Post - - TROON NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

South Ayr­shire’s big­gest fes­tive par­ties face a fix­ture clash – for the sec­ond year in a row.

Christ­mas lights in Ayr, Prest­wick and Troon will all be switched on dur­ing the same af­ter­noon.

It comes de­spite coun­cil chiefs get­ting a 12 MONTH warn­ing to avoid the sched­ul­ing blun­der.

The big three towns now face the prospect of com­pet­ing for trade on Sun­day, Novem­ber 19.

One source close to the Prest­wick bash said: “South Ayr­shire Coun­cil were told on Novem­ber 16 last year of the plans for 2017.

“They knew all the way back then that Prest­wick’s switch- on would take place on Novem­ber 19.

“So de­spite hav­ing more than a year’s no­tice, they com­pletely ig­nored the prior warn­ing.

“At the end of the day, we’re only talk­ing about com­mon sense.

“The pub­lic are surely be­ing let down if they have to choose be­tween events, not to men­tion busi­nesses be­ing short changed.”

We told last year how the coun­cil pressed ahead with a con­tro­ver­sial clash de­spite hav­ing six months’ no­tice on that oc­ca­sion.

Their Ayr event was head­lined by panto star Michelle Heaton and for­mer Pop Idol star Gareth Gates.

But Prest­wick are set to ramp up their cel­e­bra­tions this year with talks un­der­way to hold a fire­works dis­play.

Town coun­cil­lor, Hugh Hunter, said: “Our event this year will, as ever, be a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

“We are plan­ning our big­gest cel­e­bra­tion yet and while the clash is a real dis­ap­point­ment, it will not stop thou­sands from at­tend­ing.”

Coun­cil en­ter­prise chief, Jill Cronin, said: “There are five town cen­tre switch- on events tak­ing place this year, with com­mu­ni­ties set to en­joy fes­tive en­ter­tain­ment in Ayr, Gir­van, May­bole, Prest­wick, and Troon.

“The or­gan­is­ers were in­vited to at­tend a meet­ing to dis­cuss ar­range­ments ear­lier this year, when it be­came clear that there were a lim­ited num­ber of dates be­ing con­sid­ered.

“Since then we’ve been work­ing hard to de­liver a suc­cess­ful se­ries of events which make the best use of the avail­able re­sources.

“We hope that peo­ple can en­joy the full- range of events and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer this win­ter.”

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