Maybury Garden Centre enjoyed their most successful Christmas lights event ever yesterday afternoon (Thursday November 21st).

Manager Alison Carty said the turn-out and atmosphere at the event was ‘fantastic’ and praised the people of the Stornoway area for their support for Bethesda Hospice, who benefited from the event.

Alison told today: “We raised more than £1,500 for Bethesda, which was the highest total ever, and the rest of the numbers are pretty staggering.

“Over 400 children saw Santa and there was face-painting from Michaela all through the afternoon. We got through 500 mince pies, 20kg of hot chocolate and 15 litres of mulled wine.

“We’re feeling shattered today, but also delighted that it went so well. The weather was a great help and it was lovely to see so many people prepared to turn out and support Bethesda, and having such a good time.”

Entertainment through the event was provided by young singer-songwriter Rosie Sullivan, the folk group Dual, Brownies and Guides singing carols and the Sharon Mackinnon Highland dancers, as well as Elizabeth Greenstock performing the dance of the sugar plum fairy from the Nutcracker Suite.

Our pictures by Judi Hayes capture some of the excitement of the afternoon.