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South Lanarkshire Provost joins Santa to switch on Lanark Christmas lights in 'top class' celebrations

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The Christmas spirit has well and truly returned to Lanark this year. The Clydesdale town saw its festive lights switch-on event take place on Saturday, November 19, as locals turned out in their thousands for the joyous occasion.

It was the first time residents and visitors alike could turn out for a full-scale Christmas celebration since before the pandemic, as a day full of cheer returned to its former glory.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android The festivities kicked off at 10am and were packed with lots of exciting things to do including the return of the hugely popular Christmas market.Locals and visitors were encouraged to enjoy browsing their favourite festive stalls selling everything from food and drink to clothes and toys, where local stores opened for some Christmas shopping throughout the day.A dazzling display of live music and entertainment kept people happy as the streets filled up to create a fabulous atmosphere for all to enjoy.But the main event of the countdown of the Christmas lights in the town proved to be the pinnacle as crowds joined in for the big countdown.That saw Santa Claus himself push the button to glisten the town with its festive lights which will illuminate Lanark over the coming weeks towards the holiday season.He was assisted by South Lanarkshire Provost Margaret

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