It’s official, it’s now Christmas in Markinch

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The former Markinch post master had the honour of declaring Christmas had officially started by switching on the festive lights at the weekend.

Steve Wheelan, who served as the town’s post master for over 30 years until his retirement in November, conducted the switching on in front of several hundred local residents.

The award winning Tullis Russell Mills Band was also on hand to entertain the community and lead the carol singing.

Angela High, chairman of the town’s community council told the Gazette the event was a huge success and is getting bigger each year.

“It’s great to see so many people from the town come together on occasions like this and the youngsters loved it, it’s now officially Christmas,” said Angela.

“What’s more we must thank residents who dug deep to help raise £345 which will go towards replacing Christmas lights at the church.”

Councillor John Beare added: “ It was heartening to see the community gather for the Lights Switch on again this year and I must give a huge thank you to Markinch Community Council, the Community Trust and all the volunteers and sponsors, who put in the work behind the scenes to get it all organised.”