A CHRISTMAS lights spectacular has received the backing of a major sponsor.

SSE Renewables Berwick Bank Offshore Wind Farm is the headline sponsor of this year’s Dunbar Christmas lights switch-on event taking place next Sunday (November 26).

For more than 35 years, the Christmas event has brought the community together to celebrate the start of the festive season.

The event is an entirely community-driven initiative, supported by committed volunteers.

The switch-on will feature activities suitable for all ages, as well as a mix of market stalls and entertainment.

Graham Adams, chairperson of Dunbar Christmas Lights, said: “Our Christmas lights is a year-round community effort and a terrific experience for our visitors.

“It is supported by local businesses and an important social event for our community.

“It is an incredible event, one we’re so proud to hold, and we are grateful to our sponsors and their generous support, in particular our 2023 headline sponsor, SSE Renewables Berwick Bank Wind Farm.

“This funding allows us to focus on delivering another extraordinary day of entertainment for the whole community.”

The wind farm, which could feature up to 307 turbines, would be located about 38 kilometres off East Lothian’s coastline and has, according to the developer, the potential to deliver up to 4.1GW of electricity.

The project has two connection points to the UK electricity grid, including one at Branxton, near Torness.

Alex Meredith, SSE Renewables Berwick Bank project director, said: “It is fantastic to support this much-loved community event, together with the other sponsors. We are coming together to light up Dunbar and begin the festive season.

“It is a special event for us to sponsor and we are committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work.

“The commitment from the volunteers year-round is very special and we are looking forward to taking part in this year’s event.”