Christmas lights to cost £252,500

More than a quarter of a million pounds is to be spent by the city council on Dundee’s Christmas lights displays this year.
The economic development committee unanimously gave approval for the provision of displays in the City Square, the city centre and at several local centres across Dundee.

Dundee Contract Services has been awarded the installation work for the city centre, Broughty Ferry, Westport, Seabraes, Stobswell, Lochee and Whitfield at a total cost of just over £218,000.

Economic development director Doug Grimmond said the City Square display is in the final year of a three-year lease arrangement with Scotia Animations Ltd and will cost just over £34,500.

City Square will have a 45-feet high artificial tree, with red bows and thousands of white lights. Greenery will be attached to the Caird Hall columns, the City Square fountains illuminated, light cones put on natural trees and the area behind the Caird Hall columns back-washed with coloured lights.

For the rest of the city centre, light features will be displayed in Reform Street, Whitehall Street, Crichton Street, Castle Street, Commercial Street, Murraygate, High Street, Nethergate and Union Street.

In Broughty Ferry, there will be a natural tree and lights at the library and in Brook Street and Gray Street; Lochee will have a natural tree and lights on the roundabout at the by-pass; natural trees and lights will also be put up at Westport, at Seabraes in Perth Road, in Whitfield at the police station and in Stobswell in the Morgan Academy grounds.

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