Lights switch-on to be a quality event

Last Christmas' light switch on with Jade Richards and Colin Malcolm.
Last Christmas' light switch on with Jade Richards and Colin Malcolm.

Leven’s Christmas lights switch on will take place on November 23 this year with a traditional parade and live entertainment.

As always the Rose Queen, Alex Rhone, has been given the honour of flicking the switch, following a procession up the High Street, lead by presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament Tricia Marwick and Kennoway Pipe Band.

Organisers, Leven Community Council alongside local councillor Alistair Hunter, are staying tight lipped, for now, about what else will be happening on the day, which like last year falls on a Saturday, but are promising to focus on “quality rather than quantity”.

“Last year the community pulled together and that worked really well so we’re hoping for more of the same this year,” said Cllr Hunter.

“We’re probably going to have less entertainment this time as the feedback we got after last year’s event was that some felt it was a bit long as it was so cold.

“We will cut the amount but keep the quality high.”

What Cllr Hunter did let slip was that music as well as freebies for children would play a significant part in the event.

He added: “We will work up a few surprises and I invite anyone with ideas, suggestions or comments to get in touch at cllralistairhunter@gmail.com. Ultimately it’s a community event so have your say.

“It’s a good event for businesses and a good event for residents.”

Preparations are well underway with the lights already safety checked and ready to go up and the Levenmouth area committee agreeing to £9000 being used from its budget.

Stewart Christie, locality manager, confirmed a tree will be put up in the centre of town.

He told the Mail: “There is a desire to see it at the Shorehead but the infrastructure for the lights, etc. isn’t there.”

A time for the event to start is yet to be confirmed.