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WHAT'S ON IN ROSS-SHIRE: Dingwall panto, Alness Christmas fair, Santa in Kyle – and a clash of footballing titans in Tain


By Hector MacKenzie

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Kirstine Thomson of Dingwall Players with the panto costumes. Curtain up time!
Kirstine Thomson of Dingwall Players with the panto costumes. Curtain up time!

IT's panto time in Dingwall!

Dingwall Players bring The Wicked Witches of Oz by Peter Nuttall to the town this week with a short run starting today.

The eagerly anticipated panto is an adaptation of Frank Baum’s evergreen Wizard of Oz (is the title tune stuck in your head yet?!) and as such has many of the characters you would expect – along with a few surprises, lots of audience participation in the shape of booing and, of course, singing.

It promises, The Players tell us, “goodies and baddies, music and songs, a talking animal, bad jokes and colourful costumes”.

The Players are once again in Dingwall Town Hall and hoping to perform to full houses, as they did last year with Santa in Space.

Once again the show is directed by Allan Thomson.

Performances continue on Friday, December 8 and on Saturday at 7.30pm with a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and £6 for children. Check availability at www.dingwallplayers.org

Dingwall Players rehearsing for the panto. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Dingwall Players rehearsing for the panto. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Alness Christmas street fayre scene is set

Alness Christmas Street Fayre will boast more than 30 local stalls coming along to the High Street this Sunday (December 10).

Visitors will have a chance to see Santa in his Grotto and support local shops and businesses.

Angus Mitchell Events will be entertaining with favourite Christmas tunes.

Also planned from 3pm are appearances by piper Sam Mackenzie; 3.30pm Primary 1 Christmas singers; 4pm Ann Noble Highland dancers and 5pm Dance DNA.

Dingwall Academy Christmas concert

Ross-shire’s largest secondary is ready to get even more festive on the back of its successful Christmas fair last week.

Dingwall Academy is now teeing up its Christmas concert with art exhibition, set to take place on Tuesday, December 12 at 7pm in the Games Hall.

Tickets are available from the school office by calling 01349 869860.

Easter Ross football derby in Tain

St Duthus Football Club welcome county rivals Alness United to Grant Park in Tain for their latest North Caledonian League meeting. Hot food and drinks will be on sale at the game, and a hotly anticipated battle between two local sides. Kick off is 1pm.

Will it be a seven-goal thriller like this one? We'll have to wait and see. There will be no shortage of passion, that's for sure.

The Tain side is well supported if the length of its Christmas raffle prize list is anything to go by...

Santa ready for grotto stopover at Kyle RNLI

Jonathan Parry with son Ruaridh. Picture: Kyle RNLI
Jonathan Parry with son Ruaridh. Picture: Kyle RNLI

SANTA is scheduled to make a stopover in a Lochalsh community this weekend aiming to gift local lifesavers a fundraising boost.

Like all other RNLI stations, the Kyle of Lochalsh team relies on fundraising and donations to provide its lifesaving at sea voluntary role.

One of the key fundraising events in its calendar is the Kyle Lifeboat Station Santa’s Grotto day.

This year it is being held this Saturday (December 9) from 2-4pm.

The event will also feature the sale of RNLI souvenirs, a raffle and lucky squares.

And the ever-popular opportunity to have a photo taken with Santa will again be on offer.

Santa’s £2.50 per child admission will benefit Kyle RNLI. Every child will also receive a gift.

Elsewhere, tickets for Rag n'n Bone Man's rescheduled Highland capital gig are due on sale on Friday.

Rag’n’Bone Man, also known as Rory Graham, has been confirmed as a Big Top headliner at the Bught.
Rag’n’Bone Man, also known as Rory Graham, has been confirmed as a Big Top headliner at the Bught.

If you have a community event for us for next weekend's round-up, drop us a line and we'll see what we can do.


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