October 22, 2021


World News

Children-designed Christmas lights cheer up Scottish town

Christmas came early in the Scottish town of Newburgh thanks to a dazzling display of lights designed by local primary school kids.

The lights were arranged in an adorable array of shapes and forms including an angel, a gingerbread man, a turkey, the one and only Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Mr. Santa Claus himself.

Since 2001, the town’s children have been callenged in submitting festive designs, with one chosen each year to come to life under the form of neon lights.

The winning artist gets to turn on the lights for the first time in mid-November.

The decorations did not almost go up this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, but the joint effort of a local charity and public donations made sure that was not the case, to the delight of youngsters and grown-ups alike.

We were absolutely taken aback by the interest all around the world and donations that came in for a small rural town like Newburgh,” said Newburgh Action Group spokesperson Shona Gray on Saturday.

“They gave us a large donation of £3,000 (€3,360/$4,000) and that was the start of it.”