Saturday 3rd December was the day of the big switch on.
The venue was the Business Centre, Crossapol.
The time was 5:30pm.
However, the day began with a spectacular display over the Passage of Tiree.
Drawing back the curtains at breakfast time the sunlight was dramatic.
The sky was cloudy but the sun was shafting through.
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In the distance the Paps of Jura were magnificent.
They often appear clearest at sunrise and sunset.
It is hard to think they are 50 miles away.
It was nature’s big switch on.
young and old from across the island
began gathering at the Business Centre, Crossapol,
where Donna and Louise were serving seasonal refreshments.
All was calm! All was bright!
But there is no doubt the wind will blow.
This year we have a very special Tiree Christmas Tree.
It is a tree specially designed to stand up when the wind gets up.
Design and construction are down to the clever and hard work of Cameron Smith.
The excitement mounted as we gathered at the base of the unlit tree.
‘Jingle Bells’ rang out across the Reef.
The came the count down.
Then all of sudden bells could be heard.
A white lorry with coloured lights swept into the car park.
Santa and his twin stepped down to be greeted by young and old.
Apparently the sleigh had to be abandoned due to the lack of snow on the island.
As it was not yet Christmas Day Santa and his twin brother were giving out gold coins.
A Big Thank You to Donna, Louise, Cameron
and all who made it a great community occasion.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’ – a Tiree that is all lit up and ready for the big day.