Laurencekirk has lit up for the Christmas period with a new artificial tree. After the disaster of the two previous years, with storm damage to the lights and the tree being broken, five local lads decided to give some thought as to how they could design and fabricate a tree that would last.

After much thought and discussion the design was decided upon and the tree made and placed outside the Masonic Hall. Hopefully, this new tree will be appreciated by the residents and local businesses of Laurencekirk and district, not only for its design but the fact it’s meant “going green” by not chopping down a live tree.

The street lights and tree went up this weekend to coincide with the Late Night Christmas Shopping Event coming up on Tuesday 1st December.

The lads involved in the design and making of the new tree, Ryan Arthur, Stuart Murray, Neil and Peter Reid and fabricator Calum Rae of Donald Rae & Sons should be applauded for giving up their time and commitment for the benefit of the community. Thanks also go to the Gammie families for the vehicles, and drivers Sandy Duncan and Andrew Gammie for the erection of the lights and tree. Without their help Laurencekirk would not have the wonderful display they have – surely the envy of many other larger communities.

A coffee morning is held annually to assist with funding of the lights, along with various other donations and funding from other sources. This is much needed, as each year, in addition to insurance and testing, a number of the lights need to be refurbished.

If any business or member of the community have not donated to this wonderful display and would like to do so, please contact the Laurencekirk Christmas Lights co-ordinator Helen Reid at 01561 377252.


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