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In Pictures: Very special guest switches on Christmas Lights in Spink

The Christmas lights were officially turned on in Spink recently by a very special guest.

Photographer Alf Harvey was there to do the necessary in front of a big crowd.

Knock Vintage Club also presented a number of cheques on the evening to different organisations.

€5,000 each was presented to Knock National School and the parish of Ballinakill and Knock.

While the Ballinakill Bowls Club benefited to the tune of €300.

Speaking about the evening, Alf Harvey said: “I was delighted to have had the honour of being asked to switch on the Christmas tree lights for Knock Vintage Club.

“What a super party across the road in Headen’s Spink afterwards with music by Ceol le Cairde where the club distributed funds from the very popular Knock Vintage Day held during the Summer.

“While I am well used to driving the countryside in all weathers, this time huge thanks goes to Ned Kelly who collected me and dropped me home in his beautiful 1980 Rolls Royce.”

After switching on the lights, Alf managed to also snap some great pictures.

Check them out below:

Lit up at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Members of Knock Vintage Club at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
The crowd gathers at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Watching on at HeadenÕs Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Mary Gorman on behalf of Knock National School is presented with a cheque for Û5,000 by Knock Vintage Club, treasurer James Fitzpatrick, secretary Niall Headen and chairman Brian Brennan at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Pakie McDonald and Annemarie Brennan on behalf of Ballinakill and Knock Parish are presented with a cheque for €5,000 by Knock Vintage Club, treasurer James Fitzpatrick, secretary Niall Headen and chairman Brian Brennan at HeadenÕs Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Mick and Joan Lacey on behalf of Ballinakill Indoor Bowls are presented with a cheque for €300 by Knock Vintage Club, treasurer James Fitzpatrick, secretary Niall Headen and chairman Brian Brennan at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Members of Ceol le Cairde Laoise playing at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Members of Ceol le Cairde Laoise playing at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Members of Ceol le Cairde Laoise playing at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Members of Ceol le Cairde Laoise playing at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Thumbs up at Headen’s Spink for the turning on of the Christmas tree lights by Knock Vintage Club.
Photo: Alf Harvey.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.