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Creative Bonar Bridge pupil's festive 50th anniversary artwork is turned into Christmas street light

By Caroline McMorran

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A DRAWING by a creative Bonar Bridge primary school pupil is set to be lit up – literally.

Young Amelie Wojtunik won a challenge to design a new Christmas street light for the community to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Bonar bridge.

Amelie Wojtunik cracked the challenge of creating an image that incorporated Christmas and Bonar bridge.
Amelie Wojtunik cracked the challenge of creating an image that incorporated Christmas and Bonar bridge.

Pupils at the school were asked to create a picture with the instruction that it had to incorporate Christmas and the bridge.

Event organisers Kyle Action Group – Christmas Lights said all the designs were “amazing” but they were particularly impressed with Amelie’s drawing of a reindeer pulling a sleigh in the middle of the bridge with the number 50 above.

Now her drawing is to be turned into a real Christmas light made by Emac Engineering of Invergordon and hung on the streetlight on the approach to Bonar bridge from the Ardgay side.

The new light will be seen in all its glory when the community gathers to celebrate the bridge’s anniverary next Saturday, December 2.


Festive celebration planned to mark 50th anniversary of official opening of Bonar bridge.

Funding has been secured from Creich Community Council; Beinn Tharsuinn Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund; Coire na Cloiche Community Benefit Fund; and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Several events are planned for the day, including an arts and crafts extravaganza and short carol concert in the village hall from 4pm to 6pm.

At around 6pm there will be a parade from the hall to the bridge led by Santa on his sleigh, a bus from the village’s Bradbury Centre and Ice Kings and Queens from the Kyle of Sutherland Hub youth groups.

The Kyle Action Group posted: “The whole community is invited to take part and we hope you will come along to support us. We think it will be a wonderful way to celebrate the festive season and the bridge.

“We will be celebrating the bridge’s 50th anniversary with a lights switch-on and a low-noise fireworks display before moving on to Stone’s Park for another lights switch-on.

“Weather permitting, there will be some Christmas inflatables, stalls, a drumming workshop, and a chance for the children to meet Santa. Children will also get a treat from the Ice Kings and Queens.

There will also be a family ceilidh in the hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Booking is essential for both the ceilidh and the craft fair as places are limited.

Other events planned include a Christmas themed treasure hunt in Balblair and Gearrchoille Woods running from November 25-December 29, and a tractor flash mob!

Visit Kyle Action Group’s social media page for more information and updates.

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