Monifieth cel­e­brates as fundrais­ing pays off

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Graeme sTrachaN

The hard work of Monifieth’s Christmas lights com­mit­tee paid off last night with a large turnout for its com­mu­nity switch-on.

Like ev­ery other burgh in An­gus, Monifieth faced the prospect of no Christmas lights this year due to the with­drawal of coun­cil fund­ing.

How­ever, the town’s com­mu­nity coun­cil and Ro­tary Club de­cided to join forces to see if they could save the dis­play.

A crowd­fund­ing site was set up, with the aim of col­lect­ing £2,500, and within a few weeks the tar­get was ex­ceeded, thanks to do­na­tions by lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses.

The ef­forts were re­warded with smil­ing faces from young and old as the lights “went live” dur­ing an evening of en­ter­tain­ment in the town.

Derek Uch­man, of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, said: “The fan­tas­tic gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple of Monifieth has had two ben­e­fits.

“Not only has it en­abled the lights and the switch-on event to go ahead, but it has also made the peo­ple of the town feel proud that they can achieve some­thing like this. There is a real buzz about the place.”

The switch-on was opened with mu­sic from Monifieth Boys’ Bri­gade Pipe Band. Other en­ter­tain­ment in­cluded Monifieth and District Schools Com­bined Choir, Monifieth Singers and Wilma Tolmie Dancers. Oh, and Santa also paid a sur­prise visit!

Ella Craig got in the party mood.

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