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Upper Nithsdale Christmas Light Switch on Events are a great success - 14th December

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Community Windpower Ltd (CWL) were delighted to provide a joint donation totalling £1,200 towards the Kirkconnel & Kelloholm and Sanquhar Christmas Lights Events held over the weekend of 27th and 28th November 2015. Although the weather was extremely wet and windy it did not dampen spirits and enjoyment at both events.

The Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Christmas Event was held on Friday 27th November 2015. The event featured free fairground rides for children thanks to the funding from CWL alongside other activities including a children’s entertainer, local stalls, refreshments and an appearance from Father Christmas in his wintery grotto! The Christmas lights were switched on this year by the Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Gala Queen, Maya Gault.

Prior to the event, Cllr John Syme (Dumfries & Galloway Council Upper Nithsdale ward) stated “The main aim of the Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Christmas lights steering group is to provide family entertainment and maintain a social event that has been a great success over the last few years. We have always aimed to provide as many free kiddies attractions as possible. The fairground rides have always been very popular and I am delighted that Community Windpower have kindly sponsored the free kids fairground rides for this year’s event.”

The Sanquhar Christmas Event was held on the following Saturday although it had to be held indoors due to the storms outside. The crowd was kept entertained by performances from The Rainbows Choir, Sanquhar Primary Choir, Sanquhar Silver Band, The Upper Nithsdale Youth Pipe Band and Bubble the Clown. Pupils at Sanquhar Academy helped to decorate Santa’s grotto and gave Santa a helping hand to make sure all the children got a light-up toy to take home.

Ronnie Johnstone (Treasurer of Sanquhar Community Council) stated “The day was very successful with the Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Troopers Club, Brighten Up Sanquhar, Sanquhar Academy Enterprise Group, Clarks Little Ark, Sanquhar Primary PTA, Sanquhar Bowling Club and the Queensberry Nursing Home making around £2,500 from their stalls.”

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