A CHRISTMAS lights switch-on event has been saved at the last minute by new members of Linwood Community Council.

The plug had been pulled on the town’s festive celebration after organisers of Light Up Linwood posted on Facebook they had been forced to cancel the event due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

The Gazette understands there was some confusion between the outgoing and incoming community council members with regards to funding for the event, leading to its temporary cancellation.

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But new chairman Jim McLeod told The Gazette last week the event would definitely be going ahead this Saturday.

Mr McLeod said: “We are pleased the light switch-on will be happening.

“We are a new community council and we were not involved in any discussions about cancelling the event. 

“It is important this goes ahead for the town and it is all about the kids. We will make sure they have a great time.”

Light Up Linwood, which has always been run by volunteers for the past six years, said the previously announced postponement of the event had been ‘completely outwith their control’.

Renfrewshire Council did tell The Gazette they had not been advised the community council wouldn’t be arranging their own event, so the funds were still available and there were arrangements in place to transfer them.

On Saturday the event will run from 1pm to 6pm, with everyone gathering at Our Lady of Peace Primary.

A Santa parade will be going from Stirling Drive at 3pm down Clippens Road, Bridge of Weir Road, Green Farm Road, Erskinefauld Road and ending at Our Lady of Peace Primary, according to Renfrewshire Council.

For more information about the event or to ask questions, visit the Light Up Linwood Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lightuplinwood

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