The residents and visitors who crammed into Linlithgow for the annual festive lights switch on as part of the Advent Fayre event got the shock of their lives. As the switch was thrown, the Burgh was bathed in thousands of twinkling diamonds from the brand new lighting displays. Over 2000 people were in Linlithgow town centre to witness the ceremony of the torchlight procession when it marched along the high street to the Christmas tree.

The newly formed Linlithgow Town Centre Business Improvement District Company have made an immediate impact in the town by delivering a complete package of brand new festive lighting in the town centre, and, it’s been hailed as the biggest improvement to the occasion in years. It was decided that if an improved festive lights package could be delivered in time for Christmas, it should be - and boy did they deliver!

BID chairwoman Anne Gibson explained: “We had several meetings to explore what was possible in the time scale we had. “After much discussion, we decided that we could decorate 18 trees in the town centre from Regent Court to the West Port Hotel, with nearly 100,000 LED lights.”

“We were also able to use high-powered architectural lighting to illuminate the Burgh Halls with festive colours, as one of the main buildings in the town centre we wanted to really make an impact.” “There’s been a lot of positive feedback from visitors to the town centre and businesses in the area with people saying they’ve never seen the town centre looking so festive before.”

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