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Castle Green is to be the venue for a special Christmas Vigil
will mark the occasion by launching about a hundred balloons,
each carrying a label with a message of hope. The messages
can be written by anyone and boxes are going into local shops
this weekend where people can contribute their own message.
of the organisers behind the event told the Free Press
Many of the small local shops around Stranraer will
have a box, like a ballot box, where people can write and
deposit a message.
will collect them all and attach them to balloons which
will be launched from the Castle Green about fifteen minutes
before the switching on of the lights at Christmas.
big switch-on will take place on Saturday, 1st December at
about 5.45 pm.
are planning a short vigil at the Castle Green at about 5.15
pm. that day and are planning to get a local minister to make
a short speech too.
anti-drugs family support group You Are Not Alone are behind
the idea for the vigil but stress that it is not just an anti-drugs
is about giving out a message of hope for the New Year and
also about commemorating those who have suffered loss through
drugs, whether it is a friend, relative or even having been
a victim of drug-related crime.
hope it will be a positive, peaceful protest.
idea comes from a group in Dublin who organised a vigil which
was so well received that they set up a memorial where they
have a vigil each year.
appreciate the opportunity to come together as it is a very
reflective time, the spokesman added.
will be distributing boxes round local shops this weekend
shop owners have been really helpful.
boxes will be sealed and people do not need to sign their
messages, but they can if they want.
council have been very supportive, we have clearance from
West Freugh for the balloon release and we are even getting
help with blowing up the balloons with helium!
would like to encourage people to come along and join in
the vigil. They can come along and fill in a label on the
day who knows where the balloons will end up?
is not a political thing, it is a peaceful demonstration
of community spirit and togetherness.