NORTH Berwick will enjoy some festive cheer when the town’s Christmas lights are switched on this Saturday – even though it will be without the usual trimmings.

Coronavirus restrictions mean that the traditional community gathering to witness the switch-on – on High Street, outside the Abbey Church – cannot be held.

But the 4pm switch-on will be shown online, with a web link to the broadcast available on the North Berwick Community Council Facebook page, its website and at www.nbresilience.com

It is being shown on YouTube and will include performances from local choirs, a piper and others from across the town.

Once the event has had its initial play, it will be available to watch at any time during the Christmas period.

The town’s community council, which oversees the lights and switch-on through a sub-committee, is asking people not to be on High Street at the time of this year’s event.

A collection is typically held at the switch-on every year to allow people to donate to the Christmas lights, their maintenance, and the following year’s event.

However, since this cannot take place, people are invited to donate via www.gofundme.com/northberwickchristmaslights

Several local businesses will be open late on the day of the event and also on every Thursday in December, encouraging residents to shop locally.