Midlothian lights up with big switch-on

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Bonnyrigg town centre has a glow about it after its Christmas lights were switched on by school pupils Niamh Fleet and Jack Duffy on Saturday.

Celebrations began with a charity fair at Cockpen Church Hall, and the fun continued with a mini fun fair at Campview Road in the afternoon.

In the lead-up to the switch on, local school children sang carols during a live road show at the Toll. Following the arrival of Santa Claus, it was on to the main event, which was assisted by Midlothian MP David Hamilton (Lab).

In Dalkeith, where there have been recent calls from within the community to improve the sparse collection of Christmas lights, the build up to this year’s event began with carol singing at St Nicholas Church. A parade then made its way to the High Street and on to Jarnac Court, where the lights were switched on by pupils from King’s Park Primary.

Penicuik

The Christmas Lights in Penicuik will be switched on at 4pm on Saturday, with the switch being flicked by the Citizen of the Year, Derek Wilson.

In the lead-up, there will be carols in the precinct from 3pm, led by Penicuik Community Choir together with the Pipe and Silver Bands.

During the day, there will be a Christmas Fair, with crafts, gifts and seasonal fare and fun, in the town hall, an event hosted by Penicuik and District Community Council and Penicuik Development Trust.

It will run from 10am-2.30pm in the upper hall, with refreshments and good cheer available throughout proceedings in the lesser hall.

To book a stall please contact Malcolm de Lorey on 01968 677601.

Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed that 2SCOTS may help Santa come and meet the children.

Mayfield

Christmas Lights Celebration at Mayfield Leisure Centre on Sunday, December 9 from 2pm to 5pm, free entry to all. Everyone will be welcomed at 2pm by Piper. The day will feature Santa in his grotto, fancy dress competition, crafts, Christmas fayre, bands, choir, gymnastic display and raffle with great prizes. Refreshments are available with community singing on of Christmas lights at 4.30pm in the square.