Fort festive fund surpasses lights target of £8k

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The Fort William Festive Fund has now surpassed its target goal of £8,000 to hire lights from Highland Council for 2021.

This will allow the group to put lights up and down the High Street, as well as a large Christmas tree on the Parade and smaller trees and decorations in town.

Any additional funds raised outside of these costs, from the fund’s raffle or collection tins, will go towards funding next year’s lights.

The lights will be switched on at 6pm on Friday November 26 in Cameron Square, after Santa makes his entrance down the High Street. The ceremony will be accompanied by festivities all along the High Street, from the Parade to New Connections.

Santa’s Grotto will be in the former PDSA and will feature ethically made gifts, sponsored by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, and sweet treats donated from local grocery stores and Ashburn House.

Talking Teacups Events has organised for ‘Elsa’ from Frozen and ‘Belle’ from Beauty and the Beast to entertain youngsters, while Jillian Anderson has organised a fantastic line-up of local musicians to perform, including the Original Big Stumble,  Ardnamurchan High School’s panto band and chorus, Ardnamurchan High School Gaelic Folk Group, Lochaber High School big band, the Community Wind Band, The Songbirds choir and more.

There will be face painting at The Highland Bookshop and children’s entertainment at the Highland Cinema. Black Isle Brewery will be serving stollen and mince pies and shops and restaurants will have specials running. Check the fund’s social media pages for information.


Fort William Festive Fund Committee, from left, Hayley Cant, Sasha McKinlay, Karen Dean, Cherryl Alan and Patricia Jordan celebrate with festive lights. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

NO F47 Festive Fund Committee