Festive Season lights up Lossie

Lossie's Christmas Lights
Lossie's Christmas Lights

Seasonal festivities were kicked off in fine fashion in Lossiemouth at the weekend, the unexpected arrival of heavy snow providing a perfect backdrop for the switching on of the Christmas lights in the town.

Hundreds braved the elements but had to wait a little longer for the switch-on countdown to begin, Emmerdale actress Lesley Dunlop having to make a special effort to force her way through the snow storms and reach the town. Dunlop – who also has appearances in ‘Where the Heart is’, ‘May to December’ and ‘Doctor Who’ to her credit – arrived around 10 minutes late, but delighted fans of the ITV Soap by remaining to chat and sign autographs long after the switch-on.

Ms Dunlop was joined on stage by former Emmerdale actor Chris Chittell, who returned to Lossiemouth for a second year having performed the switch-on ceremony in 2009. Chairman of the Lossiemouth Millennium Association Maureen Garden had a special word of thanks for everyone who had worked so hard to prepare the lights around the town and the event itself, saying: “This is always a big night for Lossiemouth and gets us all in the mood for Christmas.”

The severe weather did however have a say in proceedings, causing problems with the launch of the firework display – that however was quickly overcome.