[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Festivities and fireworks helped light up Renfrew at the weekend when the town’s Christmas lights were turned on.
A crowd of thousands gathered in the streets around the town hall to see the annual seasonal spectacular.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall took to the stage alongside competition winner Sara Sinclair, seven, of Arkleston Primary, to press the button to illuminate the town.
The switch-on itself was then followed by a fireworks display, with the town hall providing a striking backdrop to the spectacle.
Pulse FM DJ Gus Michael was on hand to provide some tunes and lead the countdown to the lights going on, with the build-up including a live performance from singer-songwriter Murdo Mitchell.
There was plenty free family fun earlier in the day, with visitors to the town hall getting the chance to meet Santa in his grotto.
Other activities including facepainters, balloon modelling, Christmas crafts and circus workshops, puppet shows and a Christmas carol service, while outside there was funfair rides, street performers and entertainers.
Provost Hall said: “Once again, it was a pleasure to be there to help switch on the lights in Renfrew.
“The event is always well-supported by the local community, who always turn out in their numbers.
“Our events programme is geared towards giving local traders a boost by using our historic town centres as venues and bringing in a crowd.
“Renfrew Town Hall again made a great backdrop for the fireworks display and the town looked great.”
The event was supported by a financial contribution from the Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.
Next Saturday, Johnstone gets the chance to enjoy the seasonal spotlight when its Christmas Lights Switch-on takes place between 12 and 5pm in Houstoun Square.
For more information on local events, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]