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Community spirit has come to the fore again in an effort to brighten Fort William for the festive season.
With no Christmas lights anywhere in sight, 2020 looked like being a gloomy yuletide for seasonal shoppers. But some last minute planning by volunteers, together with acts of kindness by local businesses, mean the Parade now has a tree to be proud of.
Karen Dean of Fort William Town Team said: ‘Although 2019 was the last year the Town Team was organising festive decorations, we were sad the High Street wouldn’t be decorated this season.
‘After the strange year we have all experienced, one of our volunteers took on the challenge of at least finding a Christmas tree to put up in the Parade.
‘With a little Christmas magic and lots of community spirit we succeeded. Now when people head to the High Street to do their Christmas shopping they can also enjoy the town Christmas tree.’
The tree was provided by Achnacarry Estate with the help of Arkaig Community Forest and the Woodland Trust.
Karen added: ‘We cannot thank them enough for expertly choosing such a lovely tree.
‘Local business Ferguson Transport helped us again with the collection, delivery and erection of the tree which has now been lit up for the community with the support of Highland Council.
‘All of this has been donated in true Highland style, just proving what can be achieved when we all pull together.’
Karen now hopes volunteers from Fort William and the surrounding area will help her form a Christmas group to plan for the future ‘or risk losing for good the community Christmas we all enjoy’.
Anyone interested in helping shape Christmas for years to come, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.