PLANS for Stevenston's Christmas lights 'switch-on' have been revealed - including a tribute to a late community champion.

The event, to be held on Friday, December 2, is expected to be "exceptionally emotional" as it is to be dedicated to Shirley Morgan.

Shirley passed away back in May of this year, leaving a gaping hole at the heart of the community she gave so much to.

She was very much a community champion, and organisers say they have been putting in every effort to ensure the success of the event, in memory of "Mrs Christmas".

In the first Christmas event since her passing, the lights themselves are to be switched on by Shirley's mother Anne Cochrane.

Councillor for Saltcoats and Stevenston, John Sweeney, who worked alongside Shirley on numerous local projects, said the former Christmas lights committee chair was the "best boss he ever had".

Cllr Sweeney commented: "This will certainly be an exceptionally emotional event this year as the lights switch-on will be dedicated to our late great, lovely friend Shirley Morgan.

"Many people have contributed a significant effort over several weeks to ensure this year’s event would be a success for the memory of Mrs Christmas, Oor Shirley.

"Shirley was a dedicated community officer and an inspiration to us all. It was a pleasure to work with Shirley on many projects over the past few years, however, on the Stevenston Christmas Lights Committee she was the best boss I ever had.

"I am absolutely delighted that Shirley’s mum, Mrs Anne Cochrane has kindly agreed to switch on our Christmas lights this year.”

Organisers have now confirmed details for the event, which will commence at 4pm.

The big switch on, and fireworks display, will then take place at 6.30pm.

Entertainment on offer includes Santa's Grotto which will be open at the library from 4pm, fairground rides will be open at the garden at the Cross from the same time, and at 7pm the Christmas film 'Christmas Chronicles' will be shown at the High Kirk Hall.

Free food, tea and coffee will also be available from the HOPE Project from 4pm.