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Christmas has officially started in Inveraray.
A lovely fresh evening on Saturday December 1 saw people turn out in numbers to see well-known retired hotelier and Inveraray resident Niall Iain Maclean switch on the festive lights.
Mid Argyll Pipe Band led a parade of lanterns – each lantern made by Kirsty Smith – along the Main Street to the green, where Mr MacLean did the honours with a flourish.
Then it was on to the fire station where Santa was in residence to hand out presents to lucky children. Plenty of food, good fun and a bar manned by Inveraray Shinty Club members made for a sociable evening for all the family.
A delighted Mr MacLean said: ‘I was pleased to do the honours tonight, and thanks to the community council for asking me.’
Inveraray Community Council convenor Linda Divers said: ‘Thank you so much to everyone who came along. Thanks to Mr MacLean for switching on the lights; Dennis for driving Santa; Cathie and Kairene for looking after Santa; Jim and Lorraine for the burgers; the shinty boys for supplying and running the bar; and Craig for the sound system. A massive thanks as well to Mid Argyll Pipe Band and to watch manager John Munro and all the boys at the fire station. Sorry if I’ve missed anyone.’
She added: ‘Thank you to all my fellow community councillors for their continued help and support.’
And Linda made two major announcements on the night- the recipient of Inveraray’s unsung hero award, and a massive boost for the town’s minibus fund. Read more about these stories on pages one and three respectively.