Locals rally around to ensure local Christmas lights go on despite cutbacks

Locals at a previous Christmas light switch-on in Monifieth.

Festive cheer will return to Monifieth this year after locals rallied around to fund its Christmas lights.

Due to cutbacks, all burghs in Angus had its funding for the decorations slashed, meaning folk had to raise the cash themselves if they wanted to have the lights line the streets.

A joint effort from Monifieth’s community council, the Rotary club and locals has seen a target of £2,500 reached.

A date for the big switch-on has been set for Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Monifieth organising committee said: “The lights will be going on in Monifieth.

“Due to budgetary restrictions, Angus Council has withdrawn funding for all Christmas lights in all its burghs.

“However, Monifieth’s community council and Rotary club have joined together to raise the necessary money for the town through crowdfunding. The target has been reached and the lights will be put up as normal.

“We didn’t think we would get there so quickly but money was donated from £5 right up to £930 which was raised by a group of kids who hosted a Halloween disco.

“I think this has shown that there’s a real appetite in Monifieth for Christmas lights and the annual switch-on event.”

The switch-on event is being held on Wednesday November 29 from 6pm-8pm.