Fun and safe the fireworks priority

The Fireworks for Arbroath group was presented with a cheque for �100 on Tuesday from the Warddykes Parent Council.
The Fireworks for Arbroath group was presented with a cheque for �100 on Tuesday from the Warddykes Parent Council.

As funds continue to be donated in support of the rapidly approaching Arbroath fireworks display the organisers have emphasised the need for safety.

On Tuesday afternoon, Warddykes Primary School Parent Council presented the Fireworks for Arbroath group with a cheque for £100.

Davina Shepherd, who sits on both the Fireworks for Arbroath Committee and the Warddykes Parent Council said: “We thought it would be a good gesture, it’s for the children and the community, so we felt it was a good idea.”

Arbroath Academy also recently presented Fireworks for Arbroath with a donation of £50.

Also on Tuesday members of Scottish Fire and Rescue Arbroath were at Warddykes to give an indepth health and safety briefing to pupils to drive home the message that fireworks can be dangerous.

Karren Cuthill chair of Fireworks for Arbroath said: “Fireworks for Arbroath are committed to providing a fantastic display to the residents of the local area. We chose to use a professional company who had historically been used by the town. It is our belief that if we provide a safe professional firework display then there will be less need for the local community to set off their own in a less controlled and perhaps dangerous manner. We chose to have our display at Inchcape so that it was away from most of the housing and therefore would hopefully cause least disturbance.

“We are discouraging the public from bringing sparklers. We feel they can be dangerous at the time, and also hazardous to dogs being walked in the area afterwards. We will be providing glowsticks and they will be available on the night for a suggested donation. All proceeds from these products will go directly to next year’s display.”

The committee reports that all other arrangements are well in hand and the fireworks are being purchased at present.

An events page has now been set up on Facebook and the committee would be delighted if everyone planning to go could post their attendance on the page. If everyone who attends on the night puts £5 in the bucket then next year’s display will be secured.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) there will be a quiz night fundraiser at Arbroath United Cricket Club, Lochlands, 7 for 7.30pm, in aid of next year’s display. Team of four is £10, register on Facebook at ‘Quiz Night in aid of Fireworks For Arbroath’.