Fort’s Town Team makes Christmas trees decoration plea

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Fort William’s Town Team committee is five-strong again following a meeting of volunteers early last month.

The committee also made the decision to appoint Mark Drayton as information officer, which was approved by volunteers, with his remit being to publicise the team’s work.

‘We’re all volunteers, of course, and we all get our hands dirty out there. But when I understood how much time it takes to find sponsors and volunteers for projects, I wanted to help more,’ he said.

And this year the Town Team is organising the Christmas Gathering in Fort William’s High Street. The centrepiece will be the traditional Christmas tree in The Parade, although in previous years, four or five smaller decorated trees were placed in locations like Cameron Square as well.

This year Christmas will be different as the lights and trees will not automatically be provided by Highland Council.

Following discussions and funding applications being submitted, the council has agreed to cover a substantial amount of the cost to light up the town for the very last time, but the Town Team will be responsible for the cost of all of the trees, which still amounts to more than £2,000.

Town Team secretary Karen Dean commented: ‘We currently have £900 pledged from local businesses which will cover the cost of the tree in The Parade and the lighst switch-on but if we can raise at least another £1,100 we could place a tree near Sore Feet and perhaps stretch to a tree in Cameron Square too. If we can’t raise the extra funds, then sadly these areas will not be decorated.’

If any local businesses feel they can help by donating towards the trees, then please get in touch with the Town Team.

‘We would need to ensure we had the funds available to us by the middle of October so please get in touch if you can help,’ added Ms Dean.

Contact the Town Team via its Facebook page or email secretary@fortwilliamtownteam.co.uk