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Along with Advent tradition, and the desire to spread some cheer in these challenging times, Christmas trees and decorations have started to appear all over Arran in the last week.
In Lamlash, a spectacular tree has appeared thanks to Lamlash Improvements Committee who funded the lights and star and whom enlisted the help of the Arran Fire Service to erected the tree, which was supplied by Forestry and Land Scotland. John Thomson Construction transported the tree and many people have been flocking there every evening with one visitor describing it as a beacon of hope in exceptional times.
In Brodick the Village Hall is ablaze with colour, and with little outside lighting the bright blue and green lights are amplified in the darkness. Along Brodick Main Road, between Hunters Guest House and the chocolate shop, the walkway is filled with twinkling lights, creating a festive atmosphere.
Many more trees and decorations will undoubtedly start to appear all over Arran in the next few days and weeks as other villages and organisations start to put up their decorations.
This Sunday, P7 pupils from Shiskine Primary will be lighting their village Christmas tree which will be live streamed on Facebook. The pupils have already decorated their school railings with festive decorations.
And, as for taking the trees down, tradition dictates that this should be done on January 5 or 6 on what is known as Twelfth Night. But if you want to extend the festive feeling for as long as possible, we suggest just ignoring that!
The large Christmas tree in Lamlash has already started to attract families who gather on the village green to have a look at it. 01_B49Christmas01
Brodick village Hall is illuminated with festive lights adorning the building. 01_B49Christmas02
A stretch of Brodick Main Road bedecked in festive lights. 01_B49Christmas03