Christmas cheer in Abernethy

Posted: 12 December 2013
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Branston has spread some Christmas cheer at the lighting up of the Christmas tree outside its Abernethy offices.

Employees and their families were invited to the event on December 11th, which was put in place to promote the One Team Engagement programme at the company, and thank colleagues for their hard work throughout the year.

Keen to involve the local community, the company also invited Abernethy Primary School along to the festivities. The pupils were encouraged to enter a competition to design the top of the Branston Christmas tree – with the winner having the privilege of switching on the lights. Guests enjoyed warming mulled wine and a slice of traditional Christmas cake whilst listening to the school’s choir who entertained them with some carols.

And it wouldn’t be a true Christmas party without the man himself – Father Christmas arrived just in time for a big sing-a-long with everyone who attended.

This is the first year that Branston has used a real tree outside their offices and having seen the success of their official switch on, they are keen to follow up with an even bigger and better event next year. The event served as the perfect opportunity to recognise the long service of employee, Annie Gillespie, who has worked with the company for 30 years.

Gail Kelly, Human Resources Manager at the Abernethy site, commented:

“Operation Christmas Tree has been a real team effort that has helped promote our ‘One Team Engagement’ culture throughout. It has also enabled us to join forces with people of all ages in the local community to share the spirit of Christmas. I’d like to thank everyone who worked hard to make it happen and the children from Abernethy Primary School for their wonderful tree toppers and their singing. And I’d like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.”