SAUCHIE has been illuminated for Christmas following a festive light switch-on organised by the town’s community group.

Craig Miller, co-community manager, had the pleasure of flipping the switch and lighting up the 10,000+ bulbs in the display.

As part of the Christmas 2020 season, Sauchie Community Group has also teamed up with Father Christmas to collect letters addressed to Santa and deliver them to the man himself.

Santa will then reply to the child by letter, and for those who request it, with a video message.

Although the normal Christmas season would mean lots of parties and gatherings, the community group has moved all proceedings online - ensuring that everyone can still safely take part.

The programme also includes a Christmas quiz, a carol service with Craig Miller, a Christmas disco with Keith Turn, and the return of the popular ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ concert.

The community group is also organising a Christmas gift for some of the local children as part of its reach out project which aims to help vulnerable people.

Craig Miller said: “This will be a different Christmas season to which most of us are used to, however, we are delighted to offer our usual full Christmas programme, albeit, this year online.

“The events and activities that we have organised started with our annual Christmas light switch on. This year we have gone bigger and better than before. The display will be on all through December from 4pm until late.

“I am also delighted that local performers are once again giving their time and talent to help us celebrate our annual ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ concert.

“Last year more than 400 people attended the concert in Alloa Town Hall and despite proceedings this year taking place online, it means that we will be able to reach many more people.

“Whether it’s our Christmas quiz, a boogie with DJ Keith, or carol singing with myself, there is something for the whole family this Christmas and we hope that everyone will find time to relax and join us online for this festive celebration.”