RESIDENTS in a friendly little Tillicoultry court came together to spread some much-needed festive cheer recently.

The Christmas event at James Pollock Court was organised by resident Karen Jackson on Friday, December 17, for the second year.

Singer Debbie Muirhead was on hand to get people into the mood with some festive hits with court residents, as well as people from the neighbouring Trust Housing development, giving her a warm welcome back.

Children were dancing in the street and their rendition of Jingle Bells managed to attract the attention of Santa, who was happy to speak to all the young people.

Karen sought to make sure everyone got involved and waved to residents who are unable to leave their homes, but were still uplifted as they were watching and listening through the window.

There was a buzz about the whole area with many donning Christmas outfits, including mini Mrs Claus Leah, 3, mini Mr Santa Thomas, 15 months, as well as little elf Saoirse, 3.

Home baking was also put on the table by Karen with husband Andy and older children handing them out – with the millionaire's shortbread and truffles proving a big hit.

Karen, who originally came up with the idea last year to keep people together following the end of Clap for NHS Thursday evenings, told the Advertiser: “I love how our little court is such a friendly street and this little concert just helped everyone forget about the difficult times that we have all faced lately.

“Being wheelchair dependent myself I know the difficulties most residents have in the street so if I can bring a smile to someone else’s face then that is all that matters to me.

“I need to thank Andy for decorating the garden, I’m very bossy just wanted it to be as bright and cheerful as possible especially for [my neighbour] Sybil who loves lights and also for all the kids who pass through street taking photos and being happy.

“Thanks to my neighbours for taking part and braving the cold, Santa for taking time from his busy schedule and of course the wonderful Debbie for entertaining us and her partner Paul who sets her equipment up for her.”