HELENSBURGH’S Christmas lights are now in full glow thanks to a bedazzling switch-on ceremony on Saturday.

An estimated 3,000 people headed along to Colquhoun Square to see young Colton James Weightman throw the switch to turn on the town's spectacular display following three hours of live entertainment.

Colton's name was picked out of the hat in a lucky draw following a fund-raising raffle run by the Helensburgh Festive Lighting Charitable Trust, which organises the annual display.

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A Trust spokesperson said: “Switch-on day is always an anxious day for the volunteer elves as anyone who works with electrics will appreciate and we are always glad when 5pm comes and we can relax when everything works.

“On Saturday, all the plans and hundreds of hours of work came to fruition and the town lit up with one press of the button as the huge crowd of families gasped at the magic of it all.

"What a magnificent spectacle of lights for a small town on the west coast - a spectacle that will last for over six weeks, until the second week in January.

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“The square was full, all the rides had long queues and everyone seemed to be enjoying the thrill of the lights and we were very grateful to everyone who helped on the day to make our tenth switch-on a great success.

“The town had a great buzz about it and it was good to see lots of happy wee faces enjoying family time on a really good day."