‘Over the moon’ Ava lights up Upper Achintore

Ava Wallace pushes the plunger to switch on the Upper Achintore Regeneration Group Christmas lights. Photograph Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F50 Upper Achntore Light up
Ava Wallace pushes the plunger to switch on the Upper Achintore Regeneration Group Christmas lights. Photograph Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F50 Upper Achntore Light up

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The Upper Achintore Regeneration Group’s ‘Draw a Christmas Tree’ Competition was narrowly won by nine-year old Ava Wallace, who’s winning drawing attracted 191 votes – four ahead of her nearest rival.

The fun competition was organised by the Regeneration Group to set the scene for the
festive season and lift the spirits of its 650 local households.

Ava’s prize was the honour of performing the tree lights switch-on ceremony which was live-streamed and viewed more than 300 times – ensuring adherence with social distancing guidance.

Both the winner and the runner-up will also receive a selection box from the Highland Tenants Network.

Local resident Rosie Hancock said: ‘The tree looks great. Well done to Ava for the switch-on and thanks to the Regeneration Group for organising some festive cheer.’

Ava’s mum, Amie, thanked everyone for voting for Ava’s tree drawing and said that her daughter was ‘over the moon’ to have won.

Regeneration Group chairman Mark Linfield added: ‘We are grateful to Alistair MacGregor for donating the tree and we thank local residents for viewing the event from their homes. Well done to Ava and all the entrants – they were all lovely pictures.’

The Regeneration Group’s next virtual meeting is at 6pm on Monday December 14. All
local residents are welcome and anyone who would like an invitation to attend should email the group at uarg19@aol.com.