CHRISTMAS has finally arrived in Dunfermline but the festive lights switch-on looked a little different this year!

Unlike previous years, there was no razzmatazz, no funfair, no Christmas parade and no crowd.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, it was just a case of Provost Jim Leishman pressing the button and lighting up the Auld Grey Toun.

The moment was captured by the Press but the Provost expressed his sadness that the event, which normally attracts thousands of participants and spectators, could not be held as as normal with current restrictions in place.

Councillor Leishman said: "It’s a real shame families and in particular children were not able to be part of what is usually such a special day in Dunfermline.

“I hope next year we can all get back to normal and celebrate our Christmas lights switch-on as before."

Councillor Helen Law, chair of the City of Dunfermline area committee, joined the Provost at the Glen Gates (socially-distanced of course) for the switch-on.

She said: "It is really sad that we have had to switch on the lights without our usual celebrations.

"Children and families always have such a great day but for this year it is not to be.

"The Christmas tree and the lights are looking great and with the refreshing of the winter lights and now with the addition of the Bobbins on Bruce Street (see page 23) the town is looking very festive.”