Lewis shares festive cheer in Newtown’s Christmas lights switch-on celebrations

Newtown is once again lighting the way to Christmas as the first community in the Borders to switch on its festive lights.

Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 10:23 am
Lianne Forbes, Santa and Mrs Santa Fiona DuPlessis.

More than 100 residents paraded from Milestone Garden Centre to the village tree in front of Scottish Borders Council’s headquarters on Sunday to see that happen.

Primary-five pupil Lewis Turnbull-Moffat switched on the lights, having had his name pulled from a hat.

And, as ever, St Boswells Silver Band led the carol-singing around the tree.

Afterwards, a Christmas fair in the community wing continued into the evening.

Organiser Fiona MacPherson said: “I’m overwhelmed by the response to the switch-on. It’s been amazing, and our thanks go to everyone who came out and supported this community event.”

Switch-on celebrations continue in Jedburgh tomorrow as a parade leaves the grammar school at 5.30pm and proceeds to the square.

Carols around the town tree follow, as does a chance to meet Santa and visit craft stalls in the town hall.

On Saturday, there’ll be entertainment in Kelso square from 4pm to 7.30pm, with the town’s lights going on at 6.30pm.

There’s fun in Hawick’s Trinity Gardens between 1pm and 6pm, with the tree lights there going on around 5pm.

Entertainment in Galashiels’ Bank Street Gardens runs from 10am to 6pm, with its lights going on at 5pm.