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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Lighting up Langholm

THE glory of this summer’s Paralympics lent its warmth to the switching on of Langholm’s Christmas lights on a bright, cold afternoon last Saturday.

Real snow had fallen on Friday night to add to the magical atmosphere which filled the High Street as Paralympian medallists Libby and James Clegg joined Santa to press the plunger which lit up a magnificent tree in front of the town hall and all the lights adorning the road through the town centre.

Refreshments were provided by many of the businesses and there were stalls selling Christmas gifts, along with the opening of the Langholm art club exhibition in the town hall gallery.

Santa and Mrs Claus were in the grotto in the Crown Hotel which was very popular with the children who, despite the cold, soon had a glow on their faces and a sparkle in their eyes when they were welcomed by Santa.

Entertainment was provided by Langholm pipe band, junior band, LAODS choir, the Esk Valley Jazzmen, Daffy Dill, Circus Jim and face-painting by Langholm Playcare.

Before the lights were switched on Dumfries and Galloway council deputy leader Brian Collins made presentations to Libby and James congratulating them on their achievements.

The Rev Scott McCarthy blessed the tree before Libby and James joined Santa in switching on the lights.

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