Fireworks for Arbroath nearing final countdown

Lindsay Atkinson is pictured (centre) with Davina Shepherd and Karren Cuthill.

Lindsay Atkinson is pictured (centre) with Davina Shepherd and Karren Cuthill.

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The team at Fireworks for Arbroath is nearing the final countdown as they put the banners up this week ahead of their second annual community display.

Banners sponsored by the Round O Chip Shop and Newbigging-based HEART (Health Environment And Risk Training) went up at Inchcape and at the Golf Course Roundabout earlier this week for the display organised by the Fireworks for Arbroath committee.

According to Karren Cuthill, chair of the committee, this year promises to be a blast. She said: “We were contracted to raise £7000 plus VAT, making £8400, for this year’s display, but thanks to the generosity of the people and businesses of Arbroath we have managed to give a total of £9400 to 21CC the pyrotechnics firm who are doing the display again this year.

“21CC have also pledged to pay for our ‘Grand Finale’ and they have chosen some extra special fireworks for our display this year, including some which are brand new to the market.

“It would be fantastic if we could raise the same, or do even better, next year, so when you come down to enjoy the display at Inchcape Park remember and bring your donation to pop into the collection buckets of one of our official volunteers.

“After all, the more you donate the more spectacular a display we’ll manage next year.

“If everyone who attends donates a few pound then next year’s display will be more or less paid for and we can put on yet another fireworks display our town can be proud of.”

Another important ingredient for any fireworks display is a reliable pool of volunteers, and according to Karren the Fireworks For Arbroath 2016 committee have been very well supported.

She said: “We are very lucky to have so many good helpers on board this year.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Army and Sea Cadets, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, the Round Table, and the stewards from Gayfield.

“We’re also supported by several very kind individuals from the Arbroath community.

“With their help we hope that the issue we last year, where there were not enough collections buckets, should be greatly improved.

“We are so glad to have so many helpers.”

Fundraising continues apace as the committee strives to get a head start on next year. Some tickets are still available for the big fireworks raffle which will be drawn sometime after this year’s display (to be confirmed) which has a £500 voucher for CNG Design as the star prize.

Tickets for the big raffle will be for sale from the control tent on site at Inchcape on the day of the display up to 4pm. Or you can message Karren on Facebook, or email fireworksarbroath@gmail.com to arrange to get some.

There will also be a fundraising candle party at 6pm on Sunday, October 30, in the Portcullis function room with some fantastic products for sale.

Glow products have been donated for Bonfire Night by the Round O chip shop to Fireworks for Arbroath, and they will also be for sale in the chippy on the day of the display, with all proceeds going to next year’s event.

The Round O chip shop will also be open selling food until 8.30pm on November 5, as will their sister-shop at Cairnie.

Remember, 6.30pm sharp, Saturday, November 5th, at Inchcape Park for a fantastic family fun night.