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Thousands turn out for Nairn Christmas lights switch-on celebrations

Emilee Hastie (left) and Jill Sinclair had the honour of switching on Nairn's Christmas lights with Santa.
Emilee Hastie (left) and Jill Sinclair had the honour of switching on Nairn's Christmas lights with Santa.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Nairn at the weekend to mark the switching-on of the town’s Christmas lights.

The 12 Hours of Christmas event – organised by Nairn Bid in collaboration with dozens of local businesses – saw its biggest turnout in more than a decade as the Highland town launched their countdown to the festive season.

Seven-year-old Jill Sinclair and eight-year-old Emile Hastie from Rosebank Primary School were on hand to help Santa shine a light on the town, by switching on the communities festive lights.

Janis Maclean, manager of Nairn Bid said she was delighted with the turnout.

She said: “We had an absolutely wonderful day and there was a brilliant atmosphere across the whole town. It took almost six months of planning which culminated in a day where the spotlight really was on our fabulous town.

“This event was a real collaboration between Nairn Bid, the community groups and the businesses and we want to thank everyone who got involved. By working together, we can achieve great things and I think the 12 Hours of Christmas is a great example of that.”

Crowds enjoyed live entertainment from community choirs and bands whilst exploring the craft fayre and street market.

The event received financial support from Nairn Rotary Club, the Association of Nairn Businesses and Highland Council’s Nairn and Cawdor Ward Discretionary Fund.

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