PLANS have now been revealed for Stevenston's Christmas lights switch-on.

The event will take place on Friday, December 1, with the occasion expected to be an emotional one.

Last year was the first time the event was held without community champion Shirley Morgan - with Shirley's mother Anne Cochrane turning on the lights in her honour.

The 2022 event also featured a collection to ensure a "lasting legacy" for Shirley, and a special Christmas light was purchased for her.

That light will be turned on and displayed for the first time this year.

The event itself will see a few changes from the norm, as the town is transformed for a night of festive fun.

The fun starts at 4pm when the fairground rides will open, as well as a badge-making station at Stevenston Library - while Santa himself will be in his grotto at the same location.

Free food, tea and coffee will also be available from 4pm at the HOPE Project, before the lights are officially switched on at 6.30pm by the High Kirk's Reverend Scott Cameron and Canon Martin Poland from St John's.

The main change from years gone by is that the committee of volunteer organisers have decided against having a fireworks display this time round.

Local councillor John Sweeney, a member of the organising committee, said: "Our small committee have been working for months to ensure that this years’ event goes ahead. 

"We have listened to concerned local people and I can confirm that there will not be fireworks this year.

"Stevenston Christmas Lights Committee are delighted that this year the lights will be switched on by Rev Scott Cameron and Canon Martin Poland.

"It will certainly be an emotional event as we have purchased a new Christmas light in memory of our much-loved late friend, Shirley Morgan.

"This Christmas light has a special place at the entrance to the library.

"Hopefully this year’s event will be every bit as special as previous years.”