IT APPEARS that all is not lost with Montrose’s public Christmas celebrations.
There had been cause for pessimism that there would be no focal point for the burgh and its shops to get together for a day’s seasonal fun and entertainment.
First, there was the loss of the formal switching on of the Christmas lights, after consecutive years when the ceremonies had to be cancelled because of seriously inclement weather.
The next blow came when Montrose Events disbanded.
This was the organisation which had arranged the Christmas Extravaganza in previous years.
The Extravaganza was a popular event with the public and there were many expressions of regret that it appeared to have gone into abeyance.
Now, however, local businessman James Wilson has come to the rescue, and an Extravaganza will be held on Sunday, December 9, from 11am.
Mr Wilson told the Review that in previous years he has organised the funfair element of the event, and is going to continue this again this year.
He explained that he had been the person who applied to Angus Council for the licence required to hold the event, and that the application is now in, with no obvious reason why it should not be granted as normal.
The intention is for the events to be staged in the car parks at the south end of the High Street.
Among those taking part is the charity Debra, which will be providing a Santa grotto.
Mr Wilson said that the event would not be on the same scale as in previous years, but that he is keen to hear from anyone who would be prepared to join in making the entertainment, from individuals such as jugglers, to entire choirs and bands!
Indeed anyone who wishes to lend a hand to make the day go with a festive swing is encouraged to speak to Mr Wilson.
He can be contacted on 07974 932120.
Mr Wilson’s business is Angus Properties, and he has been involved with the town for many years, having previously been a vice-chairman of Montrose Business Association, from which the Montrose Events Committee sprang.
He concluded by saying: “Let’s get in the Christmas spirit and make the festive season in Montrose go with a swing!”