Innerleithen switch-on

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It’s Switched On Sunday this weekend at Innerleithen, with the Christmas lights being turned on at 4.30pm

And once again there’s a full programme of entertainment as excitement mounts to the big moment.

Tweedvale Pipe Band gets things under way from 1.45pm at the Memorial Hall for the start of KICK (Kids Innerleithen Cycling Klub), the common riding’s cycle ride which departs at 2pm. The Memorial Hall Garden stages the cycle pump track and pony rides. The Masons host performances from St Ronan’s School Choir and Tweeddale Folk Group. Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will also be performing, accompanied by members of St Ronan’s Silver Band, outside Scotlight at 3pm. While Tweed Valley Male Voices are providing a programme at three venues – St Ronan’s House (2pm), Mercer Court (3pm) and Traquair Arms (5pm).

The First Responders’ tombola at Innerleithen Holiday Lets aims to both fundraise and raise awareness of this service.

The Silver Band will gather folk for the switch-on after 4pm, before leading the parade to the Christmas tree at the Memorial Hall for community singing.

The Christmas shop window competition will be judged during the afternoon. There’s also a photography competition – so bring your cameras to stand a chance of winning the £50 cash prize. Entries must be on the theme of Switched-On Sunday and emailed to by December 14.