Road closures for local festive lights switch-on weekend

Keith Duffy (left) from Boyzone and Brian McFadden from Westlife
Keith Duffy (left) from Boyzone and Brian McFadden from Westlife

The countdown is on to the Perth Christmas lights switch-on and Christmas Feast events, as well as four days of road closures and traffic and parking restrictions.

The two events take place on November 18 and 19 and are expected to attract thousands to the city centre.

Singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon will headline a day-long programme of entertainment on the Saturday.

To enable Perth and Kinross Council to stage the event, road closures will take effect at 7pm on Friday November 17 and are expected to remain in place until 6am on Monday November 20.

The weekend’s entertainment will begin with the return of the popular chocolate festival with further entertainment including an ice rink, street entertainers and community acts.

Musical acts will take to a city centre stage throughout the day, with a line-up of nine acts already announced.

They include East 17, Mud and Boyzlife – Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy — together with local stars Longstay.

The party comes to a climax with a parade through the city centre streets towards Tay Street where singer Alesha Dixon will take to the stage and the lights will be switched on.

Police officers will oversee a rolling road closure from 5.30pm on Saturday November 18 to allow the Christmas parade to take place. It will follow a route from Thimblerow to Old High Street, New Row, County Place, South Street and Speygate.