Ice rink planned for second Montrose Christmas Spectacular

Youngsters on the funfair at last year's Montrose Christmas Spectacular
Youngsters on the funfair at last year's Montrose Christmas Spectacular

The organisers behind the Montrose Christmas Spectacular are hoping to bring the event back this year at an earlier date .

They are also hoping to install an ice rink during the festivities. They have submitted and application to Angus Council and if approval is given, the two-day event will go ahead over the weekend of December 12 and 13 to include the switch on of the town’s Christmas tree lights.

Last year, the event took place the weekend before Christmas and some shop owners in Murray Street raised concerns that with street closure it may have affected business on the busiest weekend of the year.

It was originally planned for the High Street and Murray Street but after the shopkeepers concerns, the organisers made the decision to hold the event just in the High Street.

Committee member Tommy Stewart told the Review: “Last year’s event was originally planned for the first weekend in December, but because of showman’s guild rules concerning the funfair which forms part of the event, we were unable to proceed.

“Rather than cancel the event, we opted to change the date, with the only weekend available to us being the weekend before Christmas.

“It wasn’t ideal and several shopkeepers raised concerns about it. We did however have many contact us to say it had been a successful weekend of trading for them. In February, we visited businesses in the High Street, where the event is planned for, to ask them their views and to complete a simple survey. Out of the 48 shops and businesses we spoke to only one did not support the event at all. Thirty six premises supported a two-day event or were not bothered either way, with 10 preferring the event to be only for one day.

“We understand some businesses have reservations about the event, but would hope that the visitors the event brings to the High Street would in turn benefit them.

“Several of the retailers we spoke to said it would be good if we could add something to the event to give it a Christmas feel. A few suggestions were offered with the most popular being an outdoor ice rink. We have taken this on board and should the event get approval, Montrose will have a rink erected for the event.

“Sponsorship around the perimeter of the rink will be available to local businesses to help offset the costs.”