Renfrew Xmas lights

Renfrew sparkles in the spotlight at switch-on.

Renfrew residents enjoyed some festive fun at the weekend when a crowd of more than 1,000 turned out to see the town’s Christmas lights switched on.

The popular annual event was backed by a spectacular fireworks display, set against the backdrop of the town hall, which hosted most of the day’s events.

Throughout the day, locals enjoyed family entertainment in the form of stilt walkers, face painters, circus performers and a puppet show.

Santa himself put in an appearance to dish out presents to local youngsters in his grotto, while the Renfrew Burgh Band provided the music with a concert of traditional carols.

Families were also able to enjoy the fun fair rides next to the town’s High Street.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall was on hand to press the button to turn on the lights at the climax to the day.

She was joined on stage by Josh Kirk, age 10, of Arkleston Primary, who won a competition to be part of the big switch-on.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, Renfrew sparkled in the spotlight as residents turned out in numbers to kick off the festive season.

“It’s always a pleasure to be part of events such as this, and to see a whole community getting out and enjoying themselves in the heart of their town.

“We are spreading the Christmas cheer around the area, with Paisley hosting a well-attended event last week, and Johnstone getting its own big day on Saturday, in addition to other smaller events around Renfrewshire.”

This year’s event had a little extra sparkle thanks to funding provided by the Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee, which contributed £7,000 towards the day.