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PICTURES: Kiltarlity car parade is a festive success

By Federica Stefani

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A HEAD-TURNING parade through a Highland village could become a new festive tradition.

The Christmas car parade held in Kiltarlity last weekend was a follow-up to an initial similar event organised as a morale booster during lockdown.

With 11 vehicles heading through the centre of the village and along nearby country roads, the parade was organised by Kiltarlity Community Council and Young Life International and of course led by Santa for its seasonal outing.

Organiser Susan Ogston said: “The parade was excellent and really well supported.

“We first organised one during lockdown and we thought it would be a great idea to have a Christmas one.

“It went so well it is definitely something we would like to do annually from now on.

“We would normally organise a Christmas lunch for the members of our community who are over 60, but of course this year, with Covid regulations in place, this was not possible, but this was a great alternative.

“There was a camper van, a motorbike and various different cars participating.

“I think that what has really come through this year is the community spirit, which is much better than it was, especially in smaller communities like ours, and I really hope this will carry on in the future.”

A prize for the best decorated vehicle went to Patrick and Sally Thorne, who won a £100 Christmas hamper.

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