CORSEFORD’S first ever Christmas lights switch-on went off with a bang as more than 200 revellers joined in the fun.

Community spirit was in full flow at the Corseford Keystore, where Santa was the special guest.

Johnstone businessman Chris Watson and his dad Joe, who run the popular shop, organised a host of festive activities for local residents to enjoy.

As well as Santa’s visit, there were carol singers, a DJ and a fireworks display.

Community heroes Irene Struthers and Mary Jimmison were handed the honour of switching on the lights after being nominated for their commitment to the area.

Keystore staff also provided hot drinks.

Chris, who has worked at the store for 30 years, said: “We had our first community fundraiser event in October and it went so well that I decided to host the lights on event, which I had always wanted to do.

“We had the Brownies and Rainbows singing Christmas carols, there was pipe music from Arianna McLellan and Robert Holt was our DJ.

“The community was particularly impressed with the snow machine that went off during the switch-on.

“I’ve had such good feedback from everyone, so I will definitely be hosting this again next year.”