This year’s Christmas lights switch-on celebrations in Inverness will be dedicated to the memory of two members of Highland Council’s lighting department who died earlier this year.
John Beaton and Alister Wemyss played a key role over many years in the development of the lighting on show at all the council’s winter events – the Halloween Show at Ness Islands, the Winter Wonderland in Whin Park and the Christmas Light Displays in the city centre.
Provost Helen Carmichael, who will be leading the torchlight procession that will be making its way through Inverness city centre at 5.45pm on Sunday, said: “You only have to walk around our city to discover the contribution made by John and Alister and their colleagues in the Lighting Department towards ensuring Inverness is a beautiful place to be on the darkest of winter nights.
“This tribute is richly deserved and on a night when the younger members of our community gathers to discover the magic of lighting; a most fitting way for us to say a final thank you to our late and sadly missed colleagues.”
The excitement will build from noon on Sunday in Falcon Square when the Eastgate Shopping Centre’s Window Wonderland – so named following the announcement of a new sponsor partnership with the Cairngorm Group – opens with Santa’s arrival.
Torches will be lit at Crown Primary School where the torches will be lit for a procession to the Town House.