Cumbernauld town centre gets in the festive spirit as Edward Reid and Miss European turn the town’s Christmas lights on

Written by Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell
Published at 17:46 on 14 December 2013.
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Cumbernauld Shopping Centre all light up. Picture: Cumbernauld Media.

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AS THE twelve days of Christmas countdown gets under way, children all over Cumbernauld – and indeed the world – are scribbling their letters to Santa, in the hope that ‘jolly old Saint Nick’ will bring them wonderful gifts and marvellous toys on December 25th.

However, nearly one-month ago, Cumbernauld’s children already had their minds set on what they were asking Santa for – and on Saturday 16th November, kiddies from across the town not only got to meet good old Father Christmas, they got to sing along with him, get his autograph and have their pictures taken with him.

The merriment was all part of Cumbernauld’s Christmas light switch on – which seen the town’s three shopping centres get into the festive spirit, during an hour long ceremony of family fun, music and performances.

With the switch on scheduled for 4pm, families had the choice of whether to visit Dora the Explorer, in Cumbernauld Shopping Centre; the main stage in Cumbernauld town centre, or the additional festive fun being held in the Antonine Shopping Centre.

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Santa on stage at switch on. Picture: Cumbernauld Media.

Tay Walk, in Cumbernauld town centre, was the most popular option by far, and as part of the two centre switch on, Edward Reid from ITV’s popular ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ programme, STV’s Josie Smith, Dora and Diego, Santa, local dancers, and Deputy Provost Jean Jones pushed the button at shortly after 4pm, lighting up the area’s shopping centre and town centre both inside and out. 

As part of the festivities children were invited to take part in the festive fun, with the Tay Walk switch on hosting a special Christmas karaoke, which formed the precursor for Santa’s arrival. 

Crowds gathered at shortly after 3pm to countdown to the switch on, which took place at shortly after 4pm. Town Centre Activities, the organisation behind the Christmas lights switch on have since hailed the event a success.

Town Centre Activities Ltd is an arm’s length company, limited by guarantee, which is responsible for the delivery of town centre management services, Shopmobility services, in addition to the provision of a remote monitoring service for all public space CCTV in North Lanarkshire.

Cumbernauld was the third town in North Lanarkshire to have its lights switched on, after Motherwell and Wishaw had similar celebrations on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th November.

On Saturday 16th November, it was Cumbernauld’s turn to have its festive sparkle switched on.

Although TCA Ltd organised the Tay Walk celebrations, Cumbernauld’s Antonine Shopping Centre organised their own festivities, once again, with the centre welcoming ‘Miss European’, Deone Robertson, Santa, the Antonine Guard, a face painter, magician, stilt walker, as well as performers, including Damien Hendry, Ocean of You, and the Salvation Army band.

Younger attendees, at the Antonine’s festivities were also greeted with a special satellite link to the North Pole before Santa turned up to flick the switch and turn on the Antonine Shopping Centre’s Christmas lights.

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Edward Reid on stage at switch on. Picture: Cumbernauld Media.

After the lights switch on, Town Centre Activities Ltd’s Town Centre co-ordinator, Jack Duffy hailed the switch on a “success”, adding: ‘‘With a mix of high street names and 
independent businesses, Cumbernauld Town Centre is the ideal place to pick up affordable gifts for all the family this Christmas.”

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