Queesferry’s festive season promises the best yet

Bwani Junction photographed in London on 29 June 2012. Photo by Carsten Windhorst / FRPAP.com''[info@frpap.com]
Bwani Junction photographed in London on 29 June 2012. Photo by Carsten Windhorst / FRPAP.com''[info@frpap.com]
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THE countdown to what promises to be the biggest and best ‘Christmas in Queensferry’ celebration has begun.

The programme for the event on Thursday, December 6, was unveiled this week and it looks sure to be a hit with all ages in the community.

This year, Christmas in Queensferry has joined in partnership with Queensferry Ambition to stage the festivities and it has scored a major coup in securing local up-and-coming band Bwani Junction to perform.

The band was this week named as one of the headline acts at this year’s Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations in Princes Street Gardens along with The View and Simple Minds.

A band spokesman said: “We have had a busy year playing at festivals across the UK but we are delighted to return to Queensferry to play in front of our local fans.”

Other attractions will include Santa’s procession, musical entertainment on the High Street stage with children’s and adult choirs, Christian rock band Awaken, Queensferry Community Brass band, a Message to Santa balloon release, local craft and gift stalls, street entertainers, children’s rides and a spectacular fireworks display as well as the Christmas lights switch-on.

Keith Giblett, chairman of Christmas in Queensferry said: “We have been working closely with Queensferry Ambition and it has helped to influence the event with the inclusion of market stalls and other additions. We are grateful for their input.

“Year on year Christmas in Queensferry is growing and we wish to thank the local businesses once again for their generous support.”

The chairman added that it was only last week he was in discussion with city council officials and they remarked that Queensferry stages the “largest community” festive event across the city area.

But it does not come for free as, over the years, more than £20,000 has been spent locally on funding street decorations.

Watch out for additions this year in an event costing over £5000 to stage.

Mr Giblett said: “As always, we call upon residents to come down and support the community event on the night.’’

Malcolm Brown, chairman of Queensferry Ambition, added: “Christmas in Queensferry has worked really hard once again to create a wonderful, colourful atmosphere all set to the backcloth of the Forth Bridge which is illuminated like a giant Christmas tree.

‘‘We are delighted to support Christmas in Queensferry in giving £2000 in funding to help add to the magical atmosphere.”

For full details of what is happening at Christmas in Queensferry, check out their website, or Queensferry Ambition’s free miqueensferry app which will launch on Tuesday, November 27.

*In the run up to the event, a Christmas in Queensferry fundraising quiz night is being staged at the Rosebery Hall on Friday, November 30, at 7.30pm.

Entry is £10 per team with £100 prize for the winning team. To book your table call 0131 331 2113.

Other events being staged locally to coincide with the festive celebrations include a Christmas market at Queensferry High School on Saturday, December 1, from 10am-1pm; a Christmas fair at Echline Primary School on Friday, December 7, from 1.30-3.30pm; and a Christmas carol concert with the Ferry Blend Choir at Ferryburn Dental Practice on Friday, December 7, from 6-7pm.