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Lerwick winter festival

A large crowd turned out for Sunday's opening of the Lerwick winter festival - Photo: Ben Mullay

LERWICK’s winter festival kicks off on Sunday afternoon with a grand parade culminating in the switching on of the Christmas tree at Harrison Square.

Organisers Living Lerwick said this year’s festival, which runs until Christmas, would be bigger and better than in previous years.

The winter festival will start with live music at Harrison Square from 1pm to 5.30pm.

The procession, which includes Santa, kids from the Peerie Foxes nursery, and jarl’s squad as well as the Lerwick brass band, will start
from Charlotte Street at 3.30pm, and be travelling along Commercial Street, Church Road, and The Esplanade after which the Peerie Foxes will switch on the Christmas tree with their magic wands.

Thanks to a competition run by Shetland Wool Week, the big tree will be decorated with knitted baubles.

Shops will be open between 1 and 5pm, as they will on all Sunday afternoons in the run up to Christmas.

Living Lerwick will be putting on live music on every Sunday during the three weeks until 21 December.

There will also be a number of competitions and prize draws, all to promote shopping locally in the historic town centre of Lerwick.

Further details of all the events planned during the winter festival can be found on the Living Lerwick website, and the organisation’s regularly updated Facebook page.