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Banff and Macduff set for Christmas lights event


By Kyle Ritchie


The countdown to Christmas officially begins in Banff and Macduff this weekend when the festive lights switch-on celebration will be held.

The public has been invited along to the River Church in Banff High Street from between 2pm-4pm on Sunday.

Once the switch-on has taken place, there will be a lantern parade and an open-air carol service, called Carols by the Bay.

The event has been organised by River Church, Banff Parish Church and Macduff Parish Church in partnership with Deveron FM.

Macduff Parish Church minister Rev Hugh O'Brien (left), River Church Pastor Rob McArthur (centre) and Banff Parish Church minister Rev David Locke are in final preparations for Sunday's festive event.
Macduff Parish Church minister Rev Hugh O'Brien (left), River Church Pastor Rob McArthur (centre) and Banff Parish Church minister Rev David Locke are in final preparations for Sunday's festive event.

River Church Pastor Rob McArthur said: "We are looking forward to this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.

"As soon as the lights are lit we invite folk to join us on a parade of lanterns which will be fronted by the popular Banff Castle Pipe Band and Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band.

"It will walk along High Street, Low Street, along past Tesco, finishing up at the car park between the Co-op and the Spotty Bag Shop.

"On arrival at the car park we will be joined by Deveron FM and Deveron River Brass Band for an open-air carol service."

Local school pupils and other groups have been preparing lanterns for the event. Members of the congregations have also been knitting woollen angels which will be handed out.

Mr McArthur added: "We hope many local folk from both Banff and Macduff will attend to celebrate the start of Advent.

"We firmly believe that the people in our towns achieve more together by joining in this way.

"We really want to encourage everybody to join us for the parade.”

Traffic passing through Banff at around 4pm on Sunday may be slowed or temporarily delayed as the parade walks along the route.



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