THE Christmas spirit is well on the way to Rosneath - with a little help from personnel at HM Naval Base Clyde and a group of community-minded residents.

The village's Christmas tree has now been installed in its traditional spot, opposite the Co-op, and is now awaiting decoration to get the festive season properly under way.

Paying tribute to all those involved in the project so far, Tom O'Brien-Barden, secretary of Rosneath and Clynder Community Council, said: "Many thanks to Base Commander Stu Currie, PO Callum McCrindle and his team for erecting; the team from 'Ground Control' for cutting and delivering; and all others in the background who have helped our community and other lochside communities, such as Rhu, Garelochhead, and Kilcreggan.

Helensburgh Advertiser:

"Now the tree is in place, Autumn Brown will do her magic, collecting the lights from the community council, then work with and inspire the community to do the Christmas decorations and snow man competition etc with the community.

"At a time yet to be arranged there will be an official 'lights on' ceremony with members of St Modan's Church providing carol singing.

"Thank you for the support you give our communities, it is much appreciated."

Commander Currie's naval base team, including Royal Navy and civilan personnel, are familiar faces in villages near Helensburgh, including Rhu, Garelochhead and Kilcreggan as well as Rosneath, at this time of year, delivering Christmas trees around the area following the decision several years ago by Argyll and Bute Council to devolve the provision of Christmas trees and lights to community groups.