VIDEO: Christmas lights switch on - Collection for Clutha Appeal

Festive fun will take place in Stornoway tomorrow night (Thursday) due to a combined effort from Stornoway Amenity Trust and a group of young volunteers.

A funding shortage from the Comhairle has meant less lights for the town but the Trust and a group of young people led by Jane Hepburn and Syber Promotions have joined forces to make sure a night of festive celebrations still takes place.

Funds raised on the night will go towards the Clutha Appeal Fund following last Friday’s tragedy in Glasgow and a minute’s silence will be held before the lights are switched on. It has emerged that two of the crew of the helicopter had family ties to the islands.

David Traill, the pilot, had family on his father’s side who were from Harris and Police Navigator Tony Collins also had connections to Lewis.

The Amenity Trust have organised a Christmas tree and lights for Perceval Square and the Funfair in South Beach Carpark which will be open from today until Saturday. The lights will be turned on at 7pm and there will be an address by Cllr Charlie Nicolson, who is also Chair of the Stornoway Amenity Trust.

There will also be Carols at 8pm, a performance by Candy Canes dance troupe at 8.20pm and Lewis Pipe Band will also entertain.

A street ceilidh will then get underway featuring a whole list of local artists.

If the weather remains stormy, the street ceilidh will relocate to Stornoway Town Hall.

Take a look at our video of the Christmas lights switch in Stornoway last year and make sure you turn out for tomorrow night’s festivites.