Cash for fireworks display

ARBROATH West and Letham councillor David Fairweather has put himself forward to complete back to back ‘Yomps’ to raise money for the annual Arbroath fireworks display.

The councillor explained: “Some money has already come in but overall fund-raising has been a bit slow this year. When I offered to do back-to-back ‘Yomps’ from Inchcape Park to Easthaven next Sunday, October 14, a total of 20 miles, local solicitor Nick Wheelan of Wheelan and Co. pledged £100 for that effort.

“This was quickly followed by Councillor David Lumgair offering another substantial sum.

“To be able to put on a decent display will cost in the region of £8,000 so if any individual, business or organisation would like to sponsor my efforts, I can be contacted on 07766 073823.”

Responsibility for the organisation of the annual fireworks display was handed over in July to a sub-committee of the Royal Burgh of Arbroath Community Council.

For the previous five years it had been arranged by Councillor Fairweather and a band of enthusiastic volunteers.

However, he felt it was time to hand over the reins to another community spirited group to organise the event.

At the time, community councillor Ian Watson said concerns had been raised at the short time left to raise several thousand pounds.

Community council chairman Mike Cosans stated: “The Community Firework Display is enjoyed by thousands on the night and I do not want to see disappointed faces if it cannot go ahead due to lack of funds. I urge everyone who buys fireworks to instead donate to what will be a bigger and safer fireworks display.”

There are still places available for the ‘Yomp’ and anyone who would like to take part should contact Councillor Fairweather or any member of the community council.