RESIDENTS around Tillicoultry are being invited to help select a symbol of hope for the town this festive season.

Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton and Devonside Community Council is asking people to help choose a new Christmas light for Murray Place, which will serve as the town's Star of Hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a social media post, the community council said: "There has been an ongoing wonderful community effort to transform the tree in Murray Square into a symbol of hope in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The community council is honoured to have been asked by local people to add to this with the purchase of a new Christmas light, a Star of Hope.

"This new light will also be dedicated to the memory of those local people who have died as a result of coronavirus.

"Unfortunately, the light will not hang from the tree but from a lamppost in Murray Square."

There are four options being proposed with pictures of each available on the community council's Facebook page.

They come in various lengths, between one and three metres.

The community council added: "Please do take part as we want this to be a community decision.

"Thanks to EDF for their continuing generous funding which makes the purchase of this light possible."

It is not the first time during the pandemic that people in the town are looking to bring some hope during the difficult health crisis.

Back in May, a community drive was started to dress up a prominent tree at Murray Square to spread some cheer and joy.

Children and adults both contributed to what came to be known as the Pom Pom Tree.

People looking to help the community council decide on the Star of Hope can visit once they picked a favourite.