Illuminations now bigger than ever

About 400 people turned out on Sunday to see Innerleithen's 30th Christmas lights switch-on.

Thursday, 15th December 2016, 12:45 pm
Updated Saturday, 17th December 2016, 9:06 am
Gafney family enjoying the Christmas lights at Earlston, Tony, Gillian, Sean and Holly.

Tweedvale Pipe Band got proceedings under way at the Innerleithen Civic Association-organised event, and members of St Ronan’s Silver Band accompanied the town’s amateur operatic society for a performance outside Scotlight.

The band later led the parade to the parish church for the lights switch-on.

Jean Wilson, chairwoman of the association, said: “This was the 30th year that this event has been running. Back when the Christmas lights started out, it was just a few lights put up along the street, and now it has built up into this big event. The day went very well, and the town really rallied round.

Susannah andLara Brown, with Pauline, Charlotte and Darcie Bunyan at Earlston for the Christmas lights.

“The weather held out as it was a really nice day, unlike the last few years.

“Ours are probably the best lights in the Borders.”

St Ronan’s Hotel held performances into the evening by Unfinished Business, Sam Mundy and Spoonthrift and Friends.

Rebecca and Stuart Newton at Earlston.
Bruce and Kyla Porteous waiting on the Christmas lights to be switched on in Earlston.
Dux Girls, Robyn Keddie and Abbie Glendenning with Dux Boy Rory McDonald and Lantern bearer Stuart Whiteford turned on the Christmas lights at Innerleithen.
Cornet players from St Ronan's Siver Band Adrianne Robb and Anya Wilson at Innerleithen.
Frankie, Gemma and Vaughan Fleischfresser at Innerleithen Christmas festival.
Nicola, Sarah and Sophie Watt at Innerleithen.
Poppy and Susie Park walked into town to see the Christmas lights.
Frank Neville and Jean Wilson Chair of the Innerleithen Civic Association preparing to turn on the Christmas lights, The best lights in the Borders.
Fraser Dunn and Alyssa Renwick from Innerleithen enjoying the Christmas raffle and lights.
Innerleithen Ladies, Penny Johnson, Claire Wilson and Jan McGlasson catching up on the gossip at the Christmas lights festival.
Lucy and Alex Patterson with Sandy Craig at Innerleithen.
Drummers from Innerleithen Silver Band, Oliver Landers and Jamie Patterson after the Christmas parade.
Gabriella Moffat and Debbie Hutchinson looking for a date at the Innerleithen Christmas lights.
Robert Hutchinson and Sophie-Grace Murray at the Christmas lights at Inner Leithen.
Cotter family, Dave, Ben, Millie and Sophie enjoying the Christmas atmosphere in Innerleithen.
Isla, Gillian and Belle Cross at Innerleithen.
Innerleithen Lantern bearers family, Irene and Kirsty Lister, Sophia Watson and Sarah Whiteford.
McCulloch Family enjoying the Christmas lights at Innerleithen, Anna, Rob, Jeigha and Jonnie.
Stephanie, Nizhoni and Damien Pijperfrom Innerleithen enjoying the Christmas festivities.
Susannah andLara Brown, with Pauline, Charlotte and Darcie Bunyan at Earlston for the Christmas lights.
Rebecca and Stuart Newton at Earlston.
Bruce and Kyla Porteous waiting on the Christmas lights to be switched on in Earlston.
Dux Girls, Robyn Keddie and Abbie Glendenning with Dux Boy Rory McDonald and Lantern bearer Stuart Whiteford turned on the Christmas lights at Innerleithen.
Cornet players from St Ronan's Siver Band Adrianne Robb and Anya Wilson at Innerleithen.
Frankie, Gemma and Vaughan Fleischfresser at Innerleithen Christmas festival.
Nicola, Sarah and Sophie Watt at Innerleithen.
Poppy and Susie Park walked into town to see the Christmas lights.
Frank Neville and Jean Wilson Chair of the Innerleithen Civic Association preparing to turn on the Christmas lights, The best lights in the Borders.
Fraser Dunn and Alyssa Renwick from Innerleithen enjoying the Christmas raffle and lights.
Innerleithen Ladies, Penny Johnson, Claire Wilson and Jan McGlasson catching up on the gossip at the Christmas lights festival.
Lucy and Alex Patterson with Sandy Craig at Innerleithen.
Drummers from Innerleithen Silver Band, Oliver Landers and Jamie Patterson after the Christmas parade.
Gabriella Moffat and Debbie Hutchinson looking for a date at the Innerleithen Christmas lights.
Robert Hutchinson and Sophie-Grace Murray at the Christmas lights at Inner Leithen.
Cotter family, Dave, Ben, Millie and Sophie enjoying the Christmas atmosphere in Innerleithen.
Isla, Gillian and Belle Cross at Innerleithen.
Innerleithen Lantern bearers family, Irene and Kirsty Lister, Sophia Watson and Sarah Whiteford.
McCulloch Family enjoying the Christmas lights at Innerleithen, Anna, Rob, Jeigha and Jonnie.
Stephanie, Nizhoni and Damien Pijperfrom Innerleithen enjoying the Christmas festivities.