Stonehaven’s Christmas Tree is all set to go up tomorrow (Thursday) in its usual place at the Market Square.
The tree is going up in preparation for the Christmas parade and light switch on taking place in the town this Saturday (November 26).
The tree has again been kindly donated by local landowner David Strang Steel, and community councillor James Stephen has taken on the task of selecting, transporting, and putting up the tree, as well as decorating it.
But James could not do it alone, and his first helpers were on hand when it came to selecting the tree. Little Mia Ramsey (pictured far right) and other local youngsters insisted on coming along to help with the job.
The next task, of transporting the tree, will be done with the help of Mark Spence of MGS Transport, and Groundwater Lift Trucks will be lending the services of a forklift to help get the tree up and decorate it, along with James and some other volunteers.
Aberdeenshire Council will also be on hand to make sure things go smoothly to get the tree in place in time for Saturday’s light switch on.
The parade, which takes place in the lead up to the light switch on, leaves from the Leisure Centre and heads along Allardice Street to the Market Square, is expected to last from 4-4.30pm, and the light switch-on will take place at approximately 4.30pm.
Any local groups who wish to take part in the parade can contact Ma Simpson via Facebook to arrange. This year the theme for the parade is Santa’s workshop.
Please note that parts of Allardice Street, Barclay Street, Evan Street and Market Square will be closed to traffic very briefly from 4-4.30pm.