Count­down to fes­ti­val

Road clo­sures an­nounced ahead of city’s Light Nights

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY STEVEN RAE

THE count­down to the Dundee Light Nights Christ­mas Fes­ti­val has be­gun.

The festive lights will be turned on at City Square on Fri­day Novem­ber 24, at 6.45pm with screens at nearby Slessor Gar­dens also show­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties.

The fun be­gin at 6pm with a torch­light pro­ces­sion from The McManus to City Square ahead of the big switch-on.

The fes­tiv­i­ties, which will in­volve three days of events, could be ac­com­pa­nied by de­lays for mo­torists — with city cen­tre streets in and around the Caird Hall and Slessor Gar­den ar­eas to be closed off on the Fri­day and the Satur­day.

Lord Provost Ian Borth­wick, who took over the role in May, said he was look­ing for­ward to turn­ing on the lights. He said: “I am ex­pect­ing a big turnout. It’ll be an hon­our to turn on the lights and carry out that civic duty for the first time. I think it will be a good evening for all the fam­ily.

“I’m told Santa will be at City Cham­bers af­ter the lights are turned on and I plan to take my grand­chil­dren with me. Slessor Gar­dens, which is such a great as­set for the city, will be put to good use and hope­fully a big crowd gath­ers there too. I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who has helped in the prepa­ra­tions to make this a safe event for ev­ery­one to en­joy.”

To make the week­end as pedes­tri­an­friendly as pos­si­ble, Cas­tle Street, Ex­change Street and Shore Ter­race will be closed all Fri­day, along with parts of Cow­gate, Pan­mure Street, Mur­ray­gate, Re­form Street and the High Street.

Part of Dock Street will be closed from 4pm-10pm and parts of Mead­ow­side and Chapel Street will also be closed from 6pm-7pm. Earl Grey Place East, Earl Grey Place West, South Crich­ton Street and South Cas­tle Street will all be closed on the Fri­day and Satur­day. Traf­fic which nor­mally trav­els through the city cen­tre routes af­fected will be di­verted along North, South, East and West Mar­ket­gait.

As well as the lights switch-on, there will be fire­works at 8pm in City Square on the Fri­day. Other events in­clude a Christ­mas mar­ket at Slessor Gar­dens from 6pm on the Satur­day, and a Na­tiv­ity play on Sun­day at the Steeple church from 10.30am.

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Part of the lights show was pro­jected on to Boots in last year’s event.

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