Still Game star Sanjeev to switch on Xmas lights

Sanjeev Kohli, turning on christmas lights in Milngavie , photo by Emma Mitchell
Sanjeev Kohli, turning on christmas lights in Milngavie , photo by Emma Mitchell

As the festive season draws nearer the final preparations are being made for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on in Milngavie precinct.

The Business Improvement District (BID), made up of local business owners, is delivering the event after East Dunbartonshire previously withdrew its funding.

The organisers are excited that Sanjeev Kohli, who plays Navid in popular comedy show Still Game, has offered to perform the official switch-on.

A whole host of other treats have also been lined up for the’Milngavie Family Christmas’ day on November 30.

This year the event is being organised in a new partnership with Milngavie Youth Centre and the activities will include a pipe band, traditional and rock choirs, roasted chestnuts and a coconut shy as well as performances by Douglas Academy choir and orchestra.

Children will also enjoy visiting Santa’s Grotto – a fantastic winter wonderland based in Milngavie Youth Centre.

Face painting and mince pies will also be offered to waiting families.

A Spot the Error competition will also run throughout town centre businesses and there will be fairground rides for the children.

Sanjeev said: “It’s a bit of a lifetime ambition of mine to switch on the Christmas lights on in Milngavie.

“Milngavie’s always been the place to be - there’s Glasgow and then there’s Milngavie!

“And I know that because I grew up in Bishopbriggs and went to school with people from Milngavie we aspired to be like them.

“Who would have thought that a lowly boy from Bishopbriggs would be perfoming the official lights switch -on in Milngavie!

“My three children - aged 12, nine and six - are really looking forward to it as well.

“I see this as my first step to becoming the Provost of Milngavie - I’m playing the long game! I’ve been going to Mugdock for years, but clearly that’s not enough.

“I have always adored Christmas since I was a young child even though I’m not religious.

“It’s a very inclusive time of year - people get together to celebrate and share fun times.

“People tend to put their difficulties aside at this time of year and pull together.”