The day kicked off at 1pm with live local music on the stage at Harrison Square. At 3.30pm, the parade started off from the bottom of Charlotte Street. Taking part in the parade were: Santa, Peerie Foxes nursery, Little Tykes, Tingwall Under 5’s, brownies, the Jarl Squad, the Brass Band and others in fancy dress.
Peerie Foxes turned up with a fantastically decorated trike and trailer. The bairns were all dressed festively and ready to wave their magic wands to turn on the lights. A huge number of people lined Commercial Street and the Esplanade watching as the lights went on and the parade passed by.
Santa was in fine fettle leading the parade along Commercial Street, down Church Road and along the Esplanade to Harrison Square. Once the parade got to Harrison Square, Chair of Living Lerwick Cynthia Adamson thanked everyone for making the switch-on parade such a very special event and asked the Peerie Foxes to wave their wands and switch on the big Christmas tree lights. Guizer Jarl Ivor Cluness led a cheer for the event and this was followed by music from First Foot Soldiers on the stage. The Guizer Jarl and Santa even had a little boogie together on stage with First Foot Soldiers!
Manager of Living Lerwick Ltd, Christena Irvine said “It was great to see such a fantastic turnout to the Winter Festival Switch-on parade. The effort some of those in the parade had gone to was amazing. We would like to thank all the town centre businesses who made this happen by voting for and contributing to Living Lerwick, particularly those who add to the attractions we provide by putting on their own deals for customers”.
The main events within the Winter Festival continue until 21st December. These include festive decorations, live local music, vintage film projection, a town centre wide advent calendar, a spot the trow competition, a Santa’s Grotto, a fireworks display and extended shopping hours. Full details are available and regularly updated onwww.livinglerwick.co.uk. These details and offers from town centre businesses are constantly updated on the Living Lerwick Facebook page.