Switch-on ceremonies herlad festive season in north east Fife

Citizen of the Year Pat Mitchell and Junior Citizen of the Year Natasha Nelson switch on the Christmas lights, assisted by Cupar Gala King Michael Dow and Gala Queen Ninah Allan, along with master of ceremonies, Mark Brunton.
Citizen of the Year Pat Mitchell and Junior Citizen of the Year Natasha Nelson switch on the Christmas lights, assisted by Cupar Gala King Michael Dow and Gala Queen Ninah Allan, along with master of ceremonies, Mark Brunton.

Hundreds of revellers braved the elements at the weekend to herald the start of the festive season.

Cupar and Kinross both held their official switch-on ceremonies on Saturday while the residents of Falkland at last saw their village being lit up on Friday after the event was earlier postponed because of the weather.

The driving rain that had characterised much of Saturday abated a little during the afternoon but revellers wrapped up warm against the icy wind.

Celebrations in Cupar began earlier in the day with the Adamson Hospital League of Friends Christmas Bazaar and the popular Christmas market in the Corn Exchange.

Outside in the Crossgate, there was food, music and entertainment to keep the crowds happy until the main event of the afternoon, the arrival of Santa and the big switch-on at 4.30pm.

The honours this year fell to Citizen of the Year Pat Mitchell and Junior Citizen Natasha Nelson.

Santa managed to make te journey from Cupar to Kinross in time for the big switch-on ceremony there, which took place at 7pm.

This year, the job of pressing the magic button fell to editor of the Scottish Sun Gordon Smart, who was brought up in Kinross.

In the run-up to the switch-on Kinross’ newly-renovated High Street provided the setting for the annual street market, which helped create a bustling festive atmosphere.