Our Island, Our Future

Christmas Lights Switch on

This year we took a new approach to the traditional real Christmas tree, which hasn’t fared well in recent years, up against Tiree’s famous strong winds! We enlisted the help and expertise of Cameron Smith who came up with the idea of building a structure from scratch! Cameron spent a great deal of time investigating a strutree3cture that would withstand a Tiree gale and created a spectacular steel structure.

Attached to the structure which stands at 8 meters high with a lot of twinkling LED lights which creates a spectacular illusion of a tree, topped with an equally bright star! The structure looks fantastic and can be seen from some distance!

The official unveiling and switch on of the lights was held on Saturday the 3rd of December, in the grounds of Tiree Business Centre, who have kindly allowed us to put the tree up – the central location is perfect for it. Tiree Trust served warm mulled wine and mince pies which went down a treat with the crowd who had turned up for the event. There was an excellent mixture of excited children and equally excited adults! T
he official count down took place, without a hitch and then everyone got involved by singing Jingle Bells. The sound of the singing and the glow from the tree beckoned a very special guest, in the form of Santa who arrived in style in a lit-up vehicle, with a sack full of chocolate treats for the children.

We hope everyone enjoyed the event and gets the chance to see the tree
lit up over the next couple of weeks. Again, we would like to say a huge thank you to Cameron Smith for creating the tree, along with Phil Knowles who donated the middle steel beam and George Bruce who helped to put up the lights. Also to Tiree Tots for being involved in organising the event and TCB for allowing the tree to be displayed in their grounds. Thanks again to all who attended the event.