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By Mark Davey
People packed Campbeltown and flooded across Main Street as the Christmas illuminations were lit.
Campbeltown Christmas Lights Group (CCLG) golden ticket winners, primary pupil, Poppie Lawson, 6, was dwarfed by the plunger. Poppie turned six the day the winner was announced and said: ‘It was the best birthday present ever.’
She took a determined grip with Jenna Lawson and they set Blachere Illuminations, latest 3D lights twinkling, without a hitch, just after 7.30pm last Friday.
Earlier singers Hope Strang and Lindsay Cairns belted out seasonal numbers to maintain interest while the floats’ parade circled the town.
A CCLG spokesperson thanked Donald Kelly – especially for pressuring council executives to make sure there was no repeat of last year’s shambles when the lights failed to illuminate.
In addition he thanked the following groups and individuals: Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, Argyll and Bute council and especially the backroom staff: James Ross, Lyndis Davidson and Owen Crosskell, KSPB, SKDT, Whisky Macs, Police Scotland, Stewarts Amusements, Royal Hotel, George McMillan Newsagents, parade participants, The Factory Shop, Andrew Smith & Son, Ian McSporran, Kintyre Hire, Fresh Connection, The Treehouse, Springbank, Explore Campbeltown, John Brown, Willie Durnan, Coop/Donna Graham, Wallys, McFadyens, Raymond Hosie, McIlcheres, Kintyre Shoe Co, Numero Dix, Wee Toon Sports, Majory Brown, Gail McKay, Leah McQuigan, Skye Sinclair, Karen Cairns and dancers.
As the lights came on Courier reporter, Hannah O’Hanlon, took an aerial view of Main Street. 50_c48lights14_crowds
Raymond Harvey supervises as Poppie Lawson and Jenna Robertson push the plunger to light-up Campbeltown’s streets watched by He-man. 25_c48lights18_Poppie_Lawson_Jenna_Robertson
Footballing santas paraded along the streets. 25_c48lights22_footballing_santas
Many agreed Campbeltown Young Farmers had made a great effort on the float of elves and gingerbread men. 25_c48lights21_young_farmers
Kintyre Schools Pipe Band drummers. 25_c48lights27_KSPB
The RNLI float. 25_c48lights26_RNLI
Santa waves to the crowds. 25_c48lights25_sanrta
Argyll and Bute council’s street lighting A team from left: Neil Hepburn, John Stevenson, Michael Carrick and John Armstrong. They asked for a special mention for Stuart ‘Rip’ Mclean who could not be present on Friday. 25_c48lights24_ABC_streetlighting