By Lucy Ashton

Trees were uprooted as Storm Arwen swept through West Dunbartonshire and South Argyll at the weekend  – causing road closures and widespread damage at open spaces, including Vale of Leven Cemetery.

Fallen trees halted trains on the Balloch -Dumbarton line while another came down on the A82 between Balloch and Dumbarton.

West Dunbartonshire Council said staff worked throughout the weekend to clear fallen trees and branches, adding that the trees in the cemetery will be removed this week.

However, it was still raining and blowing hard on Tuesday.  One man simply thumbed his nose at the weather though.

Iain Fleming has more than 60,000 bulbs plugged into 137 sockets to celebrate having a proper blowout this year.

Iain has around 60,000 blubs on the go, plugged into 137 sockets.
Iain has around 60,000 blubs on the go, plugged into 137 sockets.

Iain, 36, decorates his home with thousands of lights every year – spending around an extra £200 on electricity in the festive period for santas, sleighs, Christmas trees, snowmen, baubles and candy canes.

Father-of-three Iain has around 60,000 bulbs on the go, plugged into 137 sockets.

He has been doing it for around 13 years and nearly 1000 people attended the switch-on.

Christmas revellers – and Santa Claus himself – will be travelling through the snow.

This afternoon the weather in West Dunbartonshire and South Argyll will remain dull and mild with drizzle in places. A band of heavy rain will arrive from the west late in the afternoon, spreading eastwards.

Later tonight, more rain will push in from the west. It will clear eastwards during the early hours

At the Fountain in Alexandria, the fairy lights were switched on on Saturday afternoon, with an excitement-filled day which kicked off off in the early afternoon.

And on Sunday hundreds of residents got into the festive spirit in Dumbarton High Street at the Artizan Centre. There were attractions aplenty and Santa’s Grotto was hugely popular with elves, a magic show, a children’s fun fair and plenty more.

The Spice Girls and Girls Aloud tribute acts popped up to the delight of everyone.

Last year’s events were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and strict lockdown measures were put in place, forcing the cancellation of all live Christmas events.


One comment

  1. A bright Christmas in the Alexandria main street we have coloured lights this year but those that be have missed decorating the fountain and the north end of the main street and no Christmas tree for Alexandria Town centre this year again
    Many of us would like to see the roads pavements cleaned of litter and leaves many are left to rot and can cause a slip hazard at this time of year

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