The Gurn had a chance to catch up with the organiser of this year's Christmas Lights community event ceremony, Michael Green, and he told us that following on from the success of last year’s Christmas lights switch on, he has organised an even bigger and better night this year with help and financial assistance from The Community Councils, Highland Council TECS and the Discretionary Fund, Association of Nairn Businesses, Nairn Curling Club, Rotary, plus Fiona Sellar and local musical groups and pipers. He told the Gurn:
"We had up to two thousand people last year and I would envisage a much larger crowd this year as all local schools have circulated details to the kids and parents! The theme this year is STREET FOOD; many Cafes, The Classroom plus possibly URC and Steven Manders will be opening with a wide variety of street food options : Stovies, Gluhwein Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate, etc."
This year's Running Order is as follows
6.00 pm Road Closure
6.30 Lights on – Laurie , short announcement and welcome
Fiona Sellar and Choir – two or three carols.
6.45 pm – Michael with an announcement detailing the running order.
6.50 pm - Surprise musical act to lead crowds up towards St Ninian’s Church.
7.00pm – Pipers outside Classroom
- Church Doors open - Calypso Band inside the Church as crowds flock in.
7.15 pm Bjorn ( Polar Bear ) and Neula ( Inuit )
8.15 - The end.
Some Gurnites may not have seen the images of last year's event that were posted on the Gurn flickr pages here.
"Gluvine Hot Dogs"
Seasonal slurp and chomp all in one (hic)
The term eskimo has been considered pejorative for some years now, I think you will find Inuit is the acceptable term.
I understand that Bjorn the bear comes with a 'helper'.
Entschuldigen sie bitte - Gluhwein!
Yes anon, according to wikipedia
"In Canada and Greenland, the term Eskimo has fallen out of favour, as it is sometimes considered pejorative and has been widely replaced by the term Inuit."
The wifie that comes with Bjorn will be an Inuit then.
Thats Nell well stuffed now then.
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