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[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.

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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.

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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.

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Renfrew Christmas Light Switch On Photographs.

The sky over Renfrew was lit up tonight as the annual Christmas Light Switch On went with a bang. There was a terrific crowd along the High Street and the families gathered there were not disappointed with the show. The photographs were taken from Hairst Street where the crowds were much quieter allowing for better photographs of the fireworks display.

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“Renfrew’s town hall only reopened in 2012 after a £5m revamp, and events like this allow everybody to take advantage of the improved facilities.”

This year’s event will be bigger than before thanks to additional funding of £7,500 provided by the council’s Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.


Celebrity designer John Amabile will make a big switch from interior to outdoor decorations when he helps turn on Johnstone’s Christmas lights this weekend.
John, well known from TV shows such as 60 Minute Makeover, GMTV and This Morning, will join Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and 11-year-old twins Abbie and Blair Monkman to turn on the lights on Saturday 27 November.
The event is being organised by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospice, a charity which John is patron of.
John said: “I’m so looking forward to the Johnstone switch on to Christmas and delighted to support St. Vincent hospice – a local charity much in need of our support!”

The day kicks off at 12.30pm with Clyde One Roadshow, hosted by Gina McKie and Kevin Cameron, including game, goodie bags and giveaways such as tickets to see Peter Andre and Pixie Lott. Tickets to see Mamma Mia at the Clyde Auditorium will also be up for grabs.
There will be performances by 22-year-old pop act GeO who has supported many acts including Westlife, Alesha Dixon and Peter Andre.
Local boy Jamie McArthur, who recently raised money for Cash For Kids by performing outside Braehead Shopping Centre for eight hours solid, will also be taking to the stage as well as local groups Dans-scene and Per4mance Stage School.
There will also be a snow beach provided by SnoZone at Braehead, a St Vincent’s Hospice Christmas Cafe and Santa’s Grotto within a marquee in Houston Square.
Abbie and Blair will switch on the lights in tribute to their mother Debbie, 49, who passed away recently while in the care of St Vincent’s Hospice.
Abbie and Blair said: “We’re really, really looking forward to switching on the Christmas lights in Johnstone in memory of our mum.”
Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “I’m delighted to have John, Abbie and Blair joining me for Johnstone’s Christmas Lights switch on. St Vincent’s is a wonderful and deserving charity.
“Johnstone Christmas Lights switch is getting bigger and beeter and the day promises to be great fun with lots of entertainment, games, giveaways, snow and even Santa himself. I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see lots of people out in Houston Square on the day.”
Kibble will also be selling real Christmas trees on the day, with a donation going to St Vincent’s Hospice.