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Community / Festive feeling at the Cross as Christmas tree goes up

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IT IS looking a lot more festive at the Market Cross in Lerwick after the Christmas tree was installed this week.

It comes ahead of the Living Lerwick Christmas parade on Saturday 2 December.

Trees have also gone up in other locations such as Lerwick Town Hall and in Scalloway.

Living Lerwick said Northwards and NorthLink provide the haulage and freight transfer of the Market Cross tree.

They also provide free transport for three additional trees which are gifted from Norway to Lerwick Town Hall, Scalloway and Whalsay.

Shetland Islands Council also provides support in assisting to erect the Market Cross tree.

From left to right: Neil Leslie (Northwards), Steve Mathieson (Living Lerwick chairman), Jane Leask (NorthLink), Edna Irvine (Living Lerwick director and owner of Smith & Robertson). Photo: Living Lerwick

The tree will be decorated with lights in the coming days, although winter lights have already been hung in the town centre and will be switched on during evenings to brighten up the dark nights ahead of the main Christmas lights being switched on during the parade.

Living Lerwick chairman Steve Mathieson said: “While the nights are longer and darker, it’s certainly beginning to feel more festive with the lights up and now the tree.

“The assistance we get from the couriers to get it here is very much appreciated by the town centre business community, who provide this tree for the public to enjoy while Christmas shopping.”

Living Lerwick will also host a ‘Winter Wonderland Grotto’ event at the old RSM offices next to Harry’s in December.

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