It has been announced today (Monday) that Arbroath’s annual fireworks display is to be held at RM Condor this year.
It is hoped the event, organised and fundraised for by the Fireworks for Arbroath committee, will continue to grow and and the move comes in response to potential health and safety issues at Inchcape Park.
Since the fireworks display was reinstated, between 7000 and 10,000 people have attended each year, and despite the best efforts of the committee and their dedicated volunteers to police the issue of people on the dual carriageway at Inchcape Park, it has become an issue of concern for Police Scotland and Angus Council.
A suggested move to Victoria Park also had potential issues due to lack of lighting and proximity to the cliffs.
Fortunately, the powers-that-be at RM Condor have stepped in and offered the old airfield at the base, for free.
Karren Cuthill, chair of Fireworks for Arbroath 2017, explained that in addition to safety concerns there were also added costs. She said: “It was becoming cost-ineffective.
“If we wanted to continue with Inchcape Park we were looking at complete dual carriageway closure. There would have been at least £1000 added to our costs. Also manpower to steward the closure and put it into place.
“Condor are trying to be a bit more inclusive with local community.
“We understand that it might be a bit more difficult for people, but we are working with what we have. We’ve become a victim of our own success, basically.”