Community key to festive celebrations

Cupar councillor Margaret kennedy
Cupar councillor Margaret kennedy

CUPAR’s Christmas celebrations could be in line for a major revamp, with community involvement being placed at the heart of any new plans.

A meeting held in the town on Monday night gave a number of local people and groups the chance to express their views on how they would like to see the festive celebrations shaped in the future.

The meeting was the result of concerns raised that the 2011 event was disappointing and that a rethink of both the lighting displays in the town and the switch-on event itself, was necessary.

Cupar councillor Margaret Kennedy, who led the meeting, said the time was right for a change.

“Although this year’s event will probably have the same lights, I am going to investigate whether there is any flexibility with that and will certainly plan to introduce some of the easily adopted suggestions,” she said.

“There will be consultation undertaken with some of our younger residents, and the church community, over the next month and we will arrange to come together again in late February.

“For me the most important aspect is the continued development of the community involvement in the event.

“I look forward to working with the wider community going forward.”

Amongst those in attendance were representatives of Cupar Arts, a group which Councillor Kennedy said had a great amount of talent and ideas to offer.

Cupar Arts chair Gayle Nelson said the group would be keen to offer its support.

She said: “Cupar does have a wealth of artistic talent that we should be utilising.

“We would enthusiastically support any initiatives for winter lighting projects.”

Cupar retailer and ‘Totally Locally’ campaigner, Graeme Black said he felt the meeting went well.

Mr Black, who is also a member of Cupar Rotary Club, said: “There was a good cross-section of the community and there were a lot of positive and creative ideas for the lights, the switch-on and for a broader promotion of Cupar at this time of year.

“As a retailer, I’d like to see the event moved to a Saturday afternoon and there was a lot of support for this.

“From a Rotary perspective, I think Cupar Rotary Club can certainly help out with as many aspects of the event as possible for the betterment of the community.”