Burnside lights up Christmas
Big switch-on brings a festive feeling
The community of Burnside got into the festive spirit on earlier this month by switching on the area’s Christmas lights.
Even the torrential rain and wind couldn’t keep the excited community away as dozens of people of all ages turned out for the festivities.
Malcolm Pigget from Burnside in Bloom, who organised the event, hailed it as a success.
He said: “The day went well, a lot people of all ages had come along and I think the local people all appreciate the lights.
“The weather wasn’t the best and we had a few breaks due to the rain but people were well wrapped up and came down to have a good time.”
The local Tesco and Cafe India brought food and snacks for the crowd that had gathered.
Funding for the tree was donated by Tony Foster of Foster’s Funeral Directors who also switched the lights on and the countdown was provided by local Councillor Russell Clearie who was the master of ceremonies.
Malcolm said: “We would like to point out that the council don’t pay for the tree, we have to find the funding for it.
“This year the funding came from the funeral directors.”
Oh Christmas tree The tree is admired by Anton (11), Sally (9) and Ciaran (7) Bradley along with Jack (3) and Finn (1) Calligan.
Push the button Councillor Clearie (centre) turns on the lights with the help of Tony Fraser and Caroline Kinnloch
Festive feast Asif Ahmed and Sajad Ikram from Cafe India provided samosas and pakora
Grub up Locals took advantage of the food from the lads at Cafe India
the crowd going
Christmas present Burnside in Bloom’s Lucille McNab (centre) received a cheque for the event from Tony Foster (left). Also in the picture are Malcolm Piggot, Caroline Kinnloch and Councillor Russell Clearie.
Who ate the pies Tesco’s Karen Jarvie dished out mince pies to the crowd
In tune Pupils from Stonelaw High sang Christmas carols
Christmas cheer Councillor Russell Clearie gets