THE red carpet is being rolled out as hometown hero and Manchester City star Caroline Weir flicks the switch on Dunfermline’s Christmas lights.

The Scotland international will make her way home this month to illuminate the town ahead of the festive season.

Huge crowds are set to gather at the Glen Gates on Saturday, November 17 with entertainment provided by talented singer Steve McCrorie following the switch-on.

Chris Foote, events manager at Dunfermline Delivers, is delighted to have Caroline playing a key role in this year’s event.

The Dunfermline-born midfielder was also a crucial figure in September as she helped Scotland create history as the national side qualified for their first ever World Cup finals.

Chris said: “We’re really lucky that Caroline is travelling from Manchester to switch on the Christmas lights. A Saturday off during a busy football season is rare.

"She’s flying the flag for Dunfermline – representing Scotland at the World Cup in France as well as playing for one of the top teams in the English Premier League.”

Caroline signed for Manchester City in June this year, having previously played for Arenal and then Liverpool, where she was crowned their Player of the Year in 2016, as well as Vauxhall Scotland’s Player of the Year.

The family entertainment kicks off with the Rotary Club Santa Dash at 1pm.

Dave and Vanessa, from Kingdom FM, will appear on the community stage at the Glen Gates at 2.30pm.

The Christmas parade begins at 4.30pm from outside Marks & Spencer on the High Street. Knockhill Super Cars and Dunfermline’s Pipe Band will take part as well as Santa himself as his sleigh travels down to the gates.

The switch-on takes place at 5pm with Steve McCrorie to perform afterwards.

The firefighter rose to prominence on BBC talent show The Voice. After impressing judges, and under the mentorship of Kaiser Chiefs’ lead singer Ricky Wilson, the public voted in their thousands as he was crowned the winner in 2015.

Councillor Helen Law, chair of Dunfermline area committee, said: “The Christmas Lights switch-on always attracts big crowds into the town centre and it’s brilliant to see families and the community coming out to enjoy events like the Christmas parade.”