Primary kids to lead the way in village candlelight procession

PortgordonA CANDLELIGHT SERVICE is to be started by pupils from Portgordon Primary School who will be in festive dress in Portgordon on the last Sunday before Christmas.

The procession will be piped to the Church of Scotland from the Lampie Hoose by Finn Semmler, before the Keith and District Silver Band play carols and festive music.

Local community newspaper the Portgordon Post has sponsored the ‘Squarefest – Walk to the Light’ event with the day beginning with pupils and youths from the area assembling at the school at 2.30pm.

Pringle George, chair of the Portgordon Post, said: “The original plan was to have music in the square – but with the weather being so cold, plan B came into force!

“The procession will walk to the Lampie Hoose where they will lay lights around the War Memorial, and then Finn, who is a P7 pupil at the school, will pipe the procession to the Church.

“The doors of the Church of Scotland will be open from 2.30pm and will be welcomed by one or two elders. Keith & District Silver Band will play for approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of the Candlelight service at 3pm.”

Another part of Squarefest – which is taking place on Sunday, December 20 – will be residents dressing the windows of their homes that face the street. Windows can be dressed in any format using any decoration of their choice with a prize being awarded to the best decorated window.

For the window competition villagers are asked to ensure their decorations are ready by Friday, December 18.

Updated information on the Squarefest can be found on the Portgordon Post Facebook Page.