Festive fairground comes to Montrose

Fairground operators say their rides were busy during the Christmas Spectacular

Fairground operators say their rides were busy during the Christmas Spectacular

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Festive fun seekers flocked to Montrose at the weekend for the town’s Christmas Spectacular.

Montrose High Street was closed as a fairground, games stalls, stall-holders and food vendors came to town.

Despite reservations expressed by a few retailers in Murray Street prior to the event, Montrose Events, which organised the town’s Christmas Spectacular, say it has been successful.

Tommy Stewart, secretary for Montrose Events, said: “The response we have had so far shows the Spectacular has been a success. We haven’t had one negative comment during the event.

“The fairground ride operators have said their rides were packed.

“The stewards who were working said the shops were busy and New Look even stayed open until 8 p.m. on Saturday. The police officers who were on duty have told us they were happy with the way the event was organised and how it went.”

Santa was at the Spectacular in his grotto and more than 100 children visited him, There was an hour-and-a-half wait at one point to see him.

The grotto cost £5 per child to see Santa and receive a present. All the money Santa has made in Montrose over the festive period will be donated personally by him to a local worthy cause on Christmas Day.

Santa even joined in the fairground fun and went on the tea cup ride and dodgems.

Tommy added: “We would hope to bring the event back to Montrose next year, but it depends on what the businesses in the town say.”

Some retailers in Murray Street had reservations prior to the event, saying their feared it would mean a loss of business on the Saturday, which they said was one of the biggest shopping days of the year. This lead to the Murray Street element of the Spectacular being cancelled.

Tommy continued: “To bring the big fairground rides we had, it has to be a two-day event as some of the attractions take six hours to assemble.

“If shop owners in Murray Street are not in favour of having the Spectacular on the street, then there is scope to extend it further down the High Street next year passed Old and St Andrew’s Church to 
the library.”