SSEN helps to deliver the gift of light to Ballater this Christmas

Ballater is once again aglow with festive cheer following the official switch-on of this year’s Christmas lights, with local engineers from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) lending a hand to make sure the power behind the lights is safe and secure.

Ballater’s Christmas lights are an annual tradition stretching back many years, and in recent times they have been overseen by the Ballater Charitable Chiels, which is a local, self-funded, community group supporting the local community and further afield.

The display is powered by a set of cables which, when not lighting up the festivities in Ballater, help to power the village fetes and markets; mindful of the typical Aberdeenshire weather, the Chiels wanted to make sure that this power supply was safe from the elements, and also less of a visible target for vandals and curious rodents.

Kieran Scott, who lives locally and works with SSEN as part of the Maintenance and Inspection team, was contacted by the Chiels for safety advice;  not only was he able to recommend specialist safety guards to keep the cables and sockets safe, he was also able to arrange for a set to be delivered as an early Christmas gift from the local depot, as well as volunteering his services to carry out the installation.

Scott Fraser from the Ballater Charitable Chiels, was delighted with the support offered by SSEN, and said: “A massive thank you to Kieran and the rest of SSEN for their help with the lights set-up on the green and in the village for the good of the community.” 

Kieran and his colleagues were helping the Chiels as part of SSEN's 'Be the Difference' initiative, which gives every member of staff a day away from their workplace to help with a local charity or good cause. To learn more about Be the Difference and if we can help out at a project in your area, please visit .

The above photo shows Kieran with John Sinclair from the Ballater Charitable Chiels.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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