A tour on the sleigh

De­light at see­ing Santa

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All pic­tures by Clare Damodaran Scott McGregor and his helpers will be por­ing over cat­a­logues to select the new il­lu­mi­na­tions Keith Reid

S a n t a ’s t o u r o f t h e s t r e e t s o f Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray in his sleigh con­tin­ues this week.

Icy weather and treach­er­ous ground con­di­tions forced him to resched­ule some of his vis­its on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day last week.

Weather per­mit­ting, the man of the mo­ment is ex­pected to be in the Manor Gar­dens, Moy­ness Park Gar­dens, Wil­liam Ged­des Place and Wood­lands Park area from 6pm to 8.30pm on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 20, and, if enough vol­un­teers can be mus­tered to help out, the Douglas Road, Cedar Drive, Pater­son Drive and Elm Drive area on Thurs­day at the same time.

Mean­while, Santa had a very busy morn­ing at Tesco on Wel­ton Road on Satur­day, de­light­ing young­sters of all ages, and he has also vis­ited dozens of chil­dren in the town in re­cent days.

His tour of the lo­cal area has been or­gan­ised by vol­un­teers from the Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Il­lu­mi­na­tions Com­mit­tee.

And the com­mit­tee is cel­e­brat­ing this week af­ter bag­ging £4000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help com­mu­nity grant scheme.

The ini­tia­tive is run in part­ner­ship with en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Greenspace Scot­land and sees grants raised from the sale of car­rier bags awarded to thou­sands of lo­cal com­mu­nity projects ev­ery year.

Vot­ing in the lat­est round of fund­ing took place in stores through­out Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber.

Keith Reid, chair of the com­mit­tee, said: “Our Bags of Help grant ap­pli­ca­tion was specif­i­cally for en­hanc­ing Rat­tray’s Christ­mas lights in the form of at least eight lamp post-mounted shapes.

“Our com­mu­nity ob­vi­ously ap­pre­ci­ated this pro­ject by vot­ing with their to­kens and we are very grate­ful for that sup­port.

“Scott McGregor of the Old Cross Inn and his Rat­tray helpers will be por­ing over cat­a­logues next month to select the new il­lu­mi­na­tions for the com­mu­nity.”

Any­one who wants to vol­un­teer to help out on any of Santa’s trips this week can con­tact Mar­garet Wother­spoon on 01250 870372 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Please fol­low the ‘Blair and Rat­tray Christ­mas Lights Switch-On’ page on Face­book for reg­u­lar up­dates on Santa’s tour of the town this week.

Man of the mo­ment Kay­den Gowrie from Blair­gowrie

Fes­tive fun Jes­sica Pee­bles from Coupar An­gus

Ex­cited Cal­lum Ni­chol­son from Meik­leour

Merry Christ­mas Ly­dia O’Neill from Alyth

Wish list Cai­lyn Wal­lace from Rat­tray

Visit Sophia Souter from Blair­gowrie

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