An Aberdeen suburb’s residents are hoping that its first ever Christmas lights switch-on can become a major community event.
Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council has secured sponsorship from local businesses, including CALA Homes, Bancon Homes and Esker Gin, to deck out 33 lampposts along North Deeside Road with festive lights.
Councillor Marie Boulton and Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson will be on hand to light up the area for the first time.
Lindsay Davidson, a community councillor who is the driving force behind the plans, hopes the event can become an annual gathering for the local residents.
She said: “Peterculter has a fantastic switch-on event, and we hope that it can be something that becomes an annual event for years to come.”
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The thought originally came to Lindsay when she saw the quality of lights in other areas of the city.
She said: “I always used to drive through the area at Christmas and think that it could really do with some lights.
“I would visit my parents in Ferryhill and their decorations always used to look really nice.
“I didn’t know that it was the community council that was supposed to do it, so I wanted to get involved.”
The community councillor added the event would have something for everyone.
She said: “We’re mainly hoping that it’s something to do for the young kids in the area, so there’s going to be games for them, but there’s also going to be teas, coffees and mince pies for everyone else.”
The official switch on will take place on November 17 at the Hub Cafe in Cults Kirk Centre 4pm, with face-painting, games, mulled wine and a selection of refreshments on offer, as well as a raffle.