Town team to fundraise for Christmas Gathering 2019

FORT WILLIAM TOWN TEAM CHRISTMAS PARADE 26/11/17 Lochaber Schools’ pipers Reinis Cameron (left) Jordan Currie help fill the Christmas parade with music and light. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

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It may only be August but some in Lochaber area already preparing for Christmas.

Now that the Fort William Town Team (FWTT) volunteers have brightened up the High Street with the colourful hanging baskets and adopt a plots this summer, they have turned their thoughts to the end of the year and welcoming Santa to town.

Nevis Radio did a fabulous job of organising the event in 2018 and the team’s thanks go to them for everything they did in organising a fantastic night. This year it’s the turn of FWTT, who have some wonderful ideas for the evening. They are hoping to bring all of the community together, give all the children a very special evening and help local shops by encouraging everyone to shop local this Christmas.

Karen Dean from the FWTT said: ‘This year is going to be a little different for us. As well as arrange the gathering, we will have to fund the cost of the installation and removal of the Christmas lights, if we want the High Street to look the same as it has in previous years.

‘Our plan is to fundraise for the £8,000, and we would ask you all to like and follow our Facebook page for more details. We have already received offers of donations from local businesses we have contacted, and also submitted funding applications to help cover some of the cost.

‘We are hoping to receive enough donations to pay for this year and anything left over will go towards a future Christmas event or Christmas lights installation. It would be such a shame to stage the event without the twinkly lights of Christmas brightening up the High Street and the tree in The Parade.’

At the moment the team are still very much in the planning stages, but Karen said they would love for anyone locally who wants to take part to get in touch with them and we will see if we can include you into the evening.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Christmas Gathering Facebook page for more news.

Contact Karen on for more information.