Residents got into the festive spirit at the weekend thanks to the return of Neilston’s Christmas switch on.

The event, which took place on Sunday, December 3, saw people turn out in huge numbers to mark the occasion.

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Organised by Neilston War Memorial Association (NWMA), Neilston Parish Church, St Thomas RC Church and friends, it featured market stalls, treats, Santa and singing led by Neilston Community Choir.

A parade led by Neilston and District Pipe Band set off in the evening with the lights switch-on taking place at the tree shortly after.

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Paul O'Kane MSP, NWMA Chair, told the Barrhead News: “Another fantastic Christmas switch on event in Neilston.

“It is great to be involved in helping to organise such a great, free community event but it doesn’t just happen - so many folk are involved.

“So a huge thank you to everyone who makes it possible.

“This year we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Heron Bros Building Merchants, who are building our new schools campus, for agreeing to install our village street Christmas lights and for building a fantastic new fence around the tree and a stage for Santa and providing decorations and overhead lighting.

"We simply couldn’t have done it without you.

“Thanks to Neilston Parish Church especially Rev Matthew (Ritchie) and (wife) Tash and all volunteers for organising the Christmas Market in the halls and providing free hot chocolate.

"Thanks also to Fr Jonathan (Whitworth) at St Thomas the Apostle Parish, Neilston for supporting us and to all stall holders at the fabulous Christmas market in the church halls.”

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The politician also thanked local businesses that joined in to help, especially The Village Chippy for providing free soup and hot chocolate and to Coffee Roasters Scotland for “a great service.”

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He also praised those involved in the parade and the switch on, particularly Police Scotland, “the legendary” Neilston and District Pipe Band, the choir, and Seth, Anna McColl and Santa from local schools for switching the lights on with some help from Dave Dewhurst and Jim Adams and the team from the council’s lighting department.

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“A word for Jason (Robb) from John Robb and Sons garage for salt and brushes to help clear the paths around the stage,” added Paul.

“Finally, a huge thanks to the whole team at NWMA for all the work but especially Matt and Jacqueline (Drennan) for the organising, fundraising and even laminating children's artwork for the new stage decorations.”

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Among the stalls was one hosted by the primary sevens at Neilston Primary who were praised online for being “super helpful and “lovely stallholders.”

Funds from their efforts will go towards their trip to Lockerbie Manor and their prom in the summer.