Big donation sets off fireworks fund-raising

THE COUNTDOWN to the annual community fireworks display has already begun after one of the town’s new businesses donated £4,000 to the cause.

The display, which, as always, will take place at Inchcape Park on November 5, is funded by local businesses and donations.

And this week, organisers received a huge boost when supermarket giant ASDA agreed to donate £4,000 as a thank you to the people of Arbroath for welcoming their store to their town.

Last year’s event cost organisers over £6,000 to stage and with £4,000 raised already they are hoping this year’s display will go off with a bang.

Councillor David Fairweather who helps to organise the event said: “I am over the moon at this gift to Arbroath and the event is for everyone and people come from the town and beyond to enjoy it.

“Having already had support from the Arbroath Business Association to the tune of £500, I am hoping that as with previous years, we can make this year’s November 5 one to remember.”

Not only do the fireworks have to be paid for but also risk assessments, barriers and insurance.

Also the police, ambulance service and fire brigade must also be on stand-by as well as volunteers to steward the event.

And co-organiser Councillor Peter Nield is urging people to enjoy the fireworks as it will be a safe and secure event.

He added: “This wonderful night is not only enjoyable for all but gives respite to many pets and animals which suffer trauma and distress over the town.

“It is also welcomed by Tayside Fire and Rescue as a safe and secure event, preventing unwanted and unnecessary injury from fireworks.”