TRADITIONAL Christmas lights switch-ons WILL go ahead this year - despite fears that council cut-backs would spell an end for the festive events.
East Dunbartonshire council chiefs had previously said they could not guarantee funding support for switch-ons due to the “very challenging budgetary pressures faced by the council”.
But last week David Devine, the council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, said that it would be business as usual.
The illuminations will spark into life on Saturday, December 1, in Kirkintilloch and on Thursday, November 29, in Bishopbiggs.
One Bishopbriggs resident said: “I’m pleased that they seem to have seen sense. Some people may think that these events should be the first things to be cut back on but they are good for the community.”
Meanwhile, Lennoxtown will be getting into the festive spirit early this year – with the big switch-on taking place this Friday, November 23. There will be fun from 5pm-8pm in the playground of Lennoxtown Primary.
As well as the switch-on at 5.30pm there will be live music, funfair rides, karaoke, craft fair, face painting and more.
The Lenzie Christmas lights will be illuminated at 5.30pm on Saturday, December 1, by Gala Queen Ellie Cook.
But the fun will start earlier at 5pm, with carols in front of Lenzie Old Parish Church featuring Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass and the Lenzie Christian Fellowship.
Father Christmas will also be making an appearance and there will be refreshments afterwards in the village hall.
A community council spokesperson said: “Lenzie Community Council hopes lots of people will come along and join in the fun on this important day for our community.
“It goes without saying that we are very grateful to East Dunbartonshire Council for their continuing support for this event - so popular with Lenzie children and adults alike - in these difficult economic times.
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