PICTURES: Dundee’s West End lights switch on

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Hundreds of people packed Dundee’s West End on Wednesday night for the annual Christmas light switch-on.

The family friendly event, now in its 17th year and a firm fixture in the annual festive calendar,featured a singalong with popular Dundee choirs, as well the chance for children to see an engine from the local Blackness fire station.

All-female choir Loadsaweemin’ Singin’ gathered round the large spruce tree at the top of Seabraes, close to the mini-bandstand just before 7pm, drawing in the crowds in anticipation of the switch-on.

Choirs from nearby schools and the Mains of Fintry pipe band were also on hand to provide a varied musical ensemble, along with the Notables.

And children enjoyed an early visit from Santa Claus, who handed out gifts to the assembled crowd.

Old Saint Nick, accompanied by his reindeer, joined the Lord Provost Ian Borthwick for the grand switch on, followed by the now traditional spectacular fireworks display.

West End Liberal Democrat representative Fraser Macpherson said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has helped make the West End Christmas fortnight a success again this year – the 17th year of West End Christmas events.

“We are particularly grateful for the support of the businesses in our area who have been so supportive.

“Many thanks to Police Scotland for their assistance and also to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who had a fire engine on-site for children to see round at the lights switch on.

“The concert, lights switch on and fireworks are great, free events for all the family – and everyone is always very welcome.”

This year the Gate Church provided food in the form of shortbread, tea and coffee for the crowds and Friends of Blackness – the parent-teacher association at Blackness Primary School – put on a food and sweet stall.