Burn­side lights up Christ­mas

Big switch-on brings a fes­tive feel­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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