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Johnstone is lit up at Christmas event

Johnstone xmas lights Provost with Rebecca Lamb and family

Johnstone is lit up at Christmas event.

Johnstone was illuminated at the weekend as hundreds of people turned out for the town’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The popular annual event – which took place in the town’s Houstoun Square – served up an afternoon of festive fun, with live music and entertainment.

Boyband Rewind were on hand to perform before teaming up with Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall on stage to push the button on the lights.

They were also joined by local youngster Rebecca Lamb, aged 11, who won a creative story-writing competition to have the honour of helping with the switch-on.

Other acts to feature on stage during the day included DJs from Pulse FM and local talent from Splash Productions and the Per4mance Stage School.

Highlights also included fun fair rides, Santa’s Grotto, and a crafts fair run by St Vincent’s Hospice.

Provost Hall said: “The Johnstone Christmas Lights Switch-on is always well-attended and I’m pleased to say this year followed in that tradition.

“However, there was a note of sadness surrounding this year’s event given the tragic events in Glasgow a few hours before – and I asked the crowd to take a moment to ensure their thoughts were with those most closely affected.

“This event provides a great focus for the town and its surrounding villages and offer young and old alike something fun to do on their doorsteps.

“It also provides a good boost for local businesses by bringing hundreds of people into the town centre.

“It’s been a busy month for events – with the fireworks and Christmas lights and Paisley and Renfrew in the past few weeks also going really well.

“My thanks go out to everybody who came along to any of these events and we hope to see you all back again next year.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Johnstone gets set for Christmas lights switch-on

johnstone Xmas lights 2012 - Melanie Mahoney 9 with Supanova and Provost Hall

Johnstone gets set for Christmas lights switch-on.

Johnstone will get its chance to shine in the seasonal spotlight when it hosts a mixture of music and magic for its Christmas Lights Switch-on this week.

The event – expected to attract hundreds of people – will take place in Houstoun Square, with family entertainment on from noon.

There will be a day of entertainment on the big stage, headlined by boyband Rewind as well as local talent from Splash Productions and the Per4mance Stage School.

DJs from Pulse FM will also be on hand to get the party started by introducing the acts throughout the day.

Other highlights will include fun fair rides, Santa’s Grotto, and a crafts fair run by St Vincent’s Hospice.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will be on hand to switch on the lights at 4.30pm and will be joined by Rebecca Lamb, aged 11, who won a creative story-writing competition to have the honour of helping with the switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “The Johnstone switch-on follows successful events in Paisley and Renfrew over the past two weekends.

“This event is always well attended and I’m sure this year will be no different. I look forward to seeing everybody there.

“It’s always great to see the main town square so busy – occasions like this are good for the community and provide a boost to local businesses too.”

Full main stage timetable is as follows: Noon – Pulse FM, 12.10 – Per4mance Stage School, 12.40 – DSD Street Dance School, 13.00 – Splash Productions, 13.40 – Todi, 14.15 – Andy, 14.45 – Sweet Injection, 15.25 – Francesca Kimberley,16.00 – Rewind, 16.30 – Lights go on.