Santa switches on Burnfoot lights

Excited Burnfoot youngsters welcome Santa to Wednesday night's lights switch-on.

Excited Burnfoot youngsters welcome Santa to Wednesday night's lights switch-on.

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Dozens of Burnfoot youngsters kicked off their festive season on Wednesday when Santa visited the estate to switch on the Christmas lights.

Santa made a dramatic entrance on his sleigh which was pulled by a group of husky dogs and he switched the tree lights on much to the delight of the crowd.

The town’s SBC councillors joing the estate council colleaguea as well as Burnfoot Community Future and several schoo teachers for the popular annual event.

The school choir kept the crowd entertained on a chilly December afternoon with four carols.

Burnfoot Community Futures provided mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week. Burnfoot Community Council’s vice chairman, Jamie Batten said: “It was a lovely afternoon. The youngster had a good time and everyone enjoyed themselves. There was a good turnout and it was great to see the young ones enjoying themselves.”

The new lighting connection was provided by the council’s small schemes initiative and enables the festive illuminations to run off the same source as the street lighting.

Burnfoot is also gearing up for their annual visit from Santa on Christmas Eve when he will travel around the estate in his sleigh handing out sweets to children.

Mr Batten added: “It’s all very exciting.”