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Johnstone kicked off its countdown to Christmas in style at the weekend with a day-long party to mark the town’s light switch-on.

A big crowd of from the town and beyond turned out to see Houstoun Square illuminated as the festive display went on.

There was a full afternoon of entertainment with live music on the main stage hosted by DJs from local online station Sugar Radio.

Closing the show were Scotland’s newest boyband 4th State, who performed a short set after the lights went on.

Other musical acts on stage during the day included girlband Echo, singer-songwriter Lewis Irons and young musicians from Johnstone’s Splash Productions.


The event was hosted as part of Renfrewshire Council’s town centre events programme.

Provost Hall said: “Once again, it was a pleasure to be out and about at such a well-attended family event.

“There was plenty happening on the day to keep families entertained, whether on stage or in one of the marquees.

“The people of Johnstone and the villages always come out in numbers to support the lights switch-on and today was no different.

“It was great to see Houstoun Square looking so busy and I am sure local traders appreciated the boost the event brought them.

And there was a dance performance from the young people involved in the Johnstone Community Dance Group.

The square also hosted plenty to keep kids entertained, with funfair rides and a personal appearance from Santa himself in the grotto, as well as a marquee featuring the ever-popular face-painters, a magician and circus workshops.

There was also a chance for a sit-down and some retail therapy at the stalls and tea room hosted by St Vincent's Hospice.

Helping Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall switch on the lights was competition winner Michael Wilson, of St Anthony’s Primary in the town.

And Michael showed his caring side by choosing to donate his 50 competition prize to St Vincent’s Hospice.


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