Anyone visiting Lerwick town centre this past weekend may have noticed that the Christmas Tree at the Market Cross has been put in place. This marks the lead up to the festive celebrations in the town centre, with the Christmas Parade and light switch on planned for Saturday 1st December.

The tree was met on arrival by Living Lerwick Directors, Edna Irvine and Stuart Jamieson; Robbie Leslie from Northwards; Grant Anderson and Martin Higgins from Shetland Islands Council Road Service; and Jane Leask from Sercro NorthLink.

The town centre tree, which comes from Norway, remains a community partnership effort. The tree itself is paid for by the SIC, and transported from Aberdeen by NorthLink and Northwards, who deliver it to the Cross for the Road Service to put up. This is all arranged by Living Lerwick, who are also responsible for the lighting of the tree, and the Christmas lights throughout the town centre.

Edna Irvine said “It’s fantastic that NorthLink, Northwards and the Council come together with us to make this happen. The tree at the Cross is a focal point in the town and it’s always exciting to see it go up.”

The overhead Christmas lights will be going up in the town centre this week, and Living Lerwick would like to advise pedestrians and drivers that there may be some minor disruption while new hanging wires are installed on Tuesday and Wednesday. SSE Engineers are donating their time to assist with this and will be working their way along the Street with a manlift.

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