Christmas lights 2013

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Andy Wilmington of the Kilmallie Christmas Lights Fund group writes:

Over 200 hardy Kilmallie residents turned out on a cold but thankfully dry night on Friday 6th to witness the Christmas tree switch-on organised by the Kilmallie Christmas Lights Fund.   It was great to see the community spirit that has meant Corpach and Banavie has continued to enjoy its Christmas lights this year despite the council funding being withdrawn.  Councillor Bill Clark thanked the local businesses and individuals who have provided the sponsorship while Banavie Primary School’s Nia Reid (P1) and Laura Davie (P7) performed the switch-on ceremony. This was followed by carols led by a choir from the Music Shed and music from the Lochaber Community Wind Band.  The whole event was supported by the STAR for Harris charity who provided well-earned refreshments for everyone after the event.  Despite months of planning, the ceremony almost never happened. The first bad storm of the winter had broken the Banavie tree and damaged many of the lights and tree in Corpach as well. Thankfully with the help of Robbie Milne from Highland Council repairs were made in time for the switch-on to go ahead.  The Christmas Lights Fund would like to thank everyone who braved the cold weather to attend, helping make the night a great success. Our special thanks go to the STAR for Harris team for the hard work providing the refreshments afterwards. It certainly shows that Kilmallie still deserves its Christmas lights and that it has been worth the effort to ensure the Christmas spirit is kept alive in our community.

And Paul Brian, Chairman of the Kilmallie Christmas Fund writes:

Members of the Kilmallie Christmas Lights Fund have been meeting throughout the last six months in order to co-ordinate fundraising and to make arrangements for the switching-on ceremony that took place on 6th December.  We would like to say a big “thank you“ to the many local businesses and organisations who have sponsored us. Without their help we would not have had any Christmas lights this year –a miserable prospect! We are also grateful to STAR for Harris who have made many of the arrangements for the evening.
Our Sponsors:   
All-Round Signs;  BSW Sawmill:  Breedon Aggregates:  Cameron Carriers:  CLYDEBoyd:  Corpach Boatbuilders:  Corpach Co-operative Soc:  Corpach Hotel:  Corpach in Colour:  Gillian Sloan Framing:  Harbro Ltd:  John McLellan & Co:  Letterfinlay Foods: Letterfinlay Hotel: Lochaber Housing Assoc Ltd: Lochaber Rugby Club: Marine Harvest: Moorings Hotel: Rockhopper Sea Kayaking: Snowgoose Mountain Centre: St Clements Fruit Baskets: Tradewinds:  And many individual donors.