Cupar lights up for Christmas!

4811005 SSHC cupar lights 'Harry Beaton (6, The Drum) with Santa at the Cupar Xmas lights switch-on
4811005 SSHC cupar lights 'Harry Beaton (6, The Drum) with Santa at the Cupar Xmas lights switch-on

HUNDREDS of people flocked to Cupar’s town centre last Thursday evening to see the Christmas light’s being switched on.

This year’s Citizens of the Year, Guthrie Hutton and Ian Copland, and Young Citizen of the Year, Jake Douglas, shared the honour with the town’s gala queen, Brook Robertson, and king, Med Kapasi.

Despite chilly temperatures and a constantly heavy drizzle of rain, spirits were high as the festivities got underway.

Santa, who was brought to The Cross courtesy of Cupar Round Table and their sleigh, was a popular visitor while the mini fairground and fire-juggling in the Crossgate proved to be a favourite with smaller children.


The Bonnygate car park was also busy throughout the evening as visitors enjoyed some of the bigger funfair rides on offer.

The most popular place, however, had to be the much warmer confines of the Corn Exchange, which saw a massive influx of people shortly after the lights were switched on.

Eager to get in out of the cold, visitors had the choice of browsing one of the many craft stalls on the lower floor — where tea, coffee and mince pies were also being served — or hear signing from the school choirs in the upper hall.

Many of the groups taking part in the craft fair did well with fund-raising including the Adamson Hospital’s cafe fund group and Cupar Children’s Gala committee who were selling Christmas treasure trails on the night.

The only slight downside to the evening was the fact traffic was allowed to continue along Bonnygate throughout the evening which caused some confusion – particularly straight after the lights switch-on – for some people as they made their way to the Corn Exchange already accustomed to the temporary pedestrianisation of Crossgate.