FIREWORKS night was certainly a cracker in Arbroath on Saturday with 5,000 people turning out to enjoy the free display.
Inchcape Park was packed as families came to enjoy the colourful fireworks which were organised by the local business community and Arbroath Events.
Councillor David Fairweather, who has been leading the fund-raising effort for the display described the turnout as “phenomenal” and thanked everybody who had made the night such a success.
He said: “People might think that this is something that just happens every year but it takes a lot of people to help organise it and we wouldn’t be able to do it without them.
“We had Tayside Contracts provide the barriers, help from Harry Simpson and stewarding from Arbroath Events, Arbroath FC stewards and the RNLI.
“Angus Council also provided the use of the park for free and we have to thank the fire brigade and ambulance service for also being on hand.
“The company who provided the fireworks, 21cc put on an absolutely stunning display for us and we have to thank them for that.”
The 5,000-strong attendance for the community fireworks makes it the biggest event yet with donations for the fireworks coming in from across the local business community and a special donation of £4,000 from new supermarket Asda.
A collection on the night also saw £1,540 raised, which will partly go towards starting the fund for next year’s fireworks display and £770 being donated to the RNLI.
Councillor Fairweather added: “This has certainly been the biggest one we have ever had and we are also delighted to be able to donated £770 to the worthy cause of the RNLI.
“I have to also thank fellow councillor David Lumgair who donated to the display like he has done every year since it began and to Peter Nield and Jim Millar for their help with the organisation.
“It turned out to be a phenomenal night.”