Fingers crossed for Queensferry merry launch

201210 xmas is queensferry , lights switch on procession
201210 xmas is queensferry , lights switch on procession

HOPES are high that severe weather does not play havoc with this year’s Christmas in Queensferry event next month.

One of the worst snowfalls in Queensferry in decades forced the cancellation of last year’s event but the organisers are praying the weather conditions will be kind on Thursday, December 1.

Plans are well underway for the High Street spectacle which will see even more lights brighten up the town centre.

Keith Giblett, chairman of Christmas in Queensferry said: “We are almost organised, we are looking to add to the existing illuminations by erecting decorated lights at the Boathouse Steps area of the High Street. Funding for this (£4000) comes courtesy of Agilent Technologies.

“We also have to thank Orocco Pier, who have sponsored the fireworks for the grand finale on the night. And this year we are also looking to stage a small Christmas Market on Sunday, December 4, at the Two Bridges car park.”

The market will run between mid-day and 6pm and will have an assortment of stalls selling items such as Christmas gifts, cards, decorations, jewellery, bags and much more.

This year’s Christmas lights switch-on will be performed by Ferry Fair Queen Amy Hamilton Peters and Diane Brown, the former Queensferry community police officer who retired in the summer.

The event also has a new website (www.christmasinqueensferry.org) where all details surrounding the Christmas spectacle can be found and it is on facebook too.

The programme of events for Thursday, December 1, include: 5.30pm Parade leaves Scotmid; 5.35pm High Street stage programme begins with The Ferry Finches; 5.45pm Queensferry Community Band; 5.55pm parade arrives at stage; 6.05pm Queensferry Primary School Choir; 6.15pm Queensferry High School musicians; 6.25pm Ferry Singers; 6.35pm community carol singing; 6.50pm Christmas blessing; 7pm Lights switch-on followed by fireworks display

*A fundraising quiz night is being staged in the Rosebery Hall on Friday, November 18.

Teams of four are invited, entry £10.