Whithorn Community Council

The big switch on of the Christmas lights will take place in Whithorn on Thursday, December 8, with the ceremony involving the youngest pupil in primary one, the oldest resident in the town and the current Miss Whithorn. Chloe O’Malley.

Five hundred pounds have been spent on new lights for the town and the switch on will be a community celebration with carol singing and hot soup and juice will hopefully be available. The shops will also stay open later that night for anyone who wants to indulge in some late night Christmas shopping.

The celebrations will start at 5.30pm and Father Christmas will also be putting in an appearance, so kids, make sure you have you list ready for him.

Lights will also be displayed on ‘The Angel’ on the outskirts after the council approved the request from the community council as the lights will only be up for a temporary period.

The supposed improvements to the football pitch in Whithorn have left the community facility looking like a “gitter hole” according to one member of the Whithorn Community Council.

The state of the pitch was discussed at the monthly meeting of the community council in the New Town Hall on Tuesday night.

Speaking from the public benches, town resident Jimmy Martin said that, after complaints about the state of the playing surface, the members of the football team and various community minded helpers had volunteered to do the repair work themselves, but Dumfries and Galloway Council had refused this offer on insurance grounds. But the work susequently done by the council has allegedly made the playing surface worse. It is now full of “lumps and bumps” according to Mr Martin.

The secretary was advised to write to council to “complain strongly”.