Crossgate works end in time for switch-on

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Contractors are working flat out to ensure roadworks in Cupar are finished in time for the big switch-on event

tomorrow (Saturday).

Fife Council’s road bosses have given an assurance that the project in Crossgate – part of a £1.6 million scheme to re-vamp the town centre – will be completed today, just in time for the festive celebrations.

Hundreds of people are expected to descend on the Crossgate for the festivities, which kick off at 1.00 p.m. with a food market and street entertainment.

Among those taking part are Cupar Pipe Band, the Djembe Drummers and street performers from Urban Circus.

There’ll be a festive craft market in the County Buildings from 11.00 a.m. and a funfair will be set up in Bonnygate car park until 9.00 p.m.

Animals from Fife Animal Park will be in the grounds of St John’s Church from 1pm until 3pm, when the cast of this year’s Fife Nativity will stage a colourful procession along Crossgate.

Then at 4.30 pm comes the highlight of the afternoon - the switch-on ceremony.

This year the honour falls to Sheila Foster, recently named as Cupar’s Citizen of the Year, who’ll be joined by the Cupar Children’s Gala royal party and, of course, Santa.

Responsibility for the town’s Christmas lights now falls to the Cupar Christmas Lights Committee after a Kingdom-wide contract through Fife Council came to an end.

Earlier this year the committee was awarded a £6000 grant from the local authority’s area budget and they have received £10,000 from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All scheme to help pay for the illuminations.

“We plan to put on a display that people can be proud of,” said Councillor Margaret Kennedy.

“But we’re always open to ideas and would be very pleased to hear from anyone who would like to get actively involved in the festival.”

Following his appearance at the switch-on event, Santa will embark on his fund-raising journey around north east Fife, aided by his ‘elves’ from Cupar Round Table.

And this year his travels will be more interactive as he’s recently fitted his sleigh with GPS so he can be tracked street by street. People can also tweet their photo of him of his rounds on his own twitter feed @cuparRTsanta

For more information about all the events, visit or the Cupar Christmas Festival Facebook page.