Organisers of Carnoustie’s Christmas Lights Switch-On have been forced to postpone the event due a lack of volunteers.
The festivities planned for Sunday November 25 have been scrapped, with community councillors saying it “wouldn’t be a safe event”.
Instead, a smaller Christmas tree light switch-on and street fair will take place the week before Christmas.
A statement from Carnoustie Community Council, said: “It is with a massive sadness and frustration that we have to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances and lack of support, our Christmas Light Switch-On event will now no longer be taking place.
“We tried as hard as we could to stop this happening but unfortunately it’s just not possible – it simply wouldn’t be a safe event.
“The lights will go on in Carnoustie asap as we want to make sure we still feel a little festive on the High Street, and we are now rescheduling our plans we did have for Santa’s grotto, stalls, music, rides and entertainment for this Sunday instead.”
More residents were also urged to get involved with the community council, which is responsible for organising several events including the lights switch-on.
A spokesman for Our Carnoustie said: “It’s unfortunate that the Carnoustie Christmas Light Switch-On has been postponed due to lack of volunteers.
“A street fair will take place on December 16 instead, should sufficient volunteers be available.
“We’ll also not see our Citizen of the Year, Robin Marshall and junior citizen of the year, Craig Guthrie, switch on the lights.
“This is a real shame given the number of people who live in Carnoustie.”
Within hours of announcing the cancellation, the community council posted an update saying the alternative street fair would definitely take place on December 16.