Council keeps The Democrat in the dark over lights and Christmas trees

Santa Claus and Cllr Ian MacLaren.

The countdown to Christmas will officially start next week as the Christmas lights are switched on in Alexandria and Dumbarton.

This is despite the fact that West Dunbartonshire Council has come under fire for leaving out Renton and causing controversy by stating that Alexandria would not have a council-funded Christmas tree this year and that it was being switched to Balloch.

The Council states that “the fun will begin in Alexandria’s Main Street, with the big switch on taking place on Saturday 25 November, before moving to Dumbarton High Street the following day.

“Both events begin at 1.30pm, with the lights switched on at 5.30pm.

“They promise to be a great family day out with entertainment for the children, free face painting and host of live music.”

And that hoped for crowds will be entertained by tributes to Rod Stewart, Ed Sheeran and Freddie Mercury, as well as performances by local group Scotsoul, who made the final of BBC’s singing contest Pitch Battle, and dance singer Roberta Childs.

Children will be able to visit Santa in his grotto, have a photograph taken with him, and hand-deliver their letters.

However, it hasn’t stated if there had been yet another U-turn by the Tory-backed SNP administration and that Alexandria would now be having a Christmas tree after all.

Or if there would be a charge for the youngsters having their photograph taken with Santa Claus.

The Council has an ongoing boycott of The Democrat and their media department and chief officials refuse to speak to us..

Charlie Gibson, Chair of West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust, who are organising the events on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Christmas is such a special time of year and these events are a great way to bring the community together to have fun.

“So, come along, bring your friends and family, and get yourself into the Christmas spirit as we build up to the big switch on.”

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “We have such a great line up of entertainment this year, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to Dumbarton and Alexandria to help start the Christmas celebrations.”

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