Monifieth celebrates as fundraising pays off
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.