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A young Arbroath lad will have his finger on the Big Red Button come Bonfire night.

Callan Swankie (10) will have the honour of setting off Arbroath’s returning fireworks display, partly thanks to the Fireworks for Arbroath committee and partly his grandmother Maggie Lobban.

As part of the successful Fireworks for Arbroath crowdfunder which came to an end last month it was possible to buy a pledge allowing you to enter into a prize draw for the chance to push the ‘Big Red Button’ on November 7, the date of this year’s fireworks display.

The draw was made at the Fireworks for Arbroath quiz night on Saturday, which itself raised a total of £236 for next year’s display, and it was Maggie Lobban’s name that was drawn out of the bucket by the Herald’s Johnston Ralston.

Maggie said: “It really is important to support the community like this. It’s an opportunity for the whole community to enjoy something that’s been a tradition for years.”

On Friday the fireworks merchandise was presented to those crowdfund pledgers who had taken that option.

Among them were Colin Ogilvie of Ogilvie Joinery who pledged £100 and Margaret McIntosh who had offered to make up the difference to take the Crowdfunder up to £2000, but through a quirk of fate her message was overlooked and the total was reached anyway, but she was true to her word and donated the £52 regardless.

On Saturday night at the Quiz in aid of Fireworks for Arbroath the draw was held to determine which lucky pledger would press 'The Big Red Button' on this year's fireworks display. Karren Cuthill, chair of the Fireworks for Arbroath committee, is pictured holding the bucket while the Arbroath Herald's own Johnston Ralston draws the name.

On Saturday night at the Quiz in aid of Fireworks for Arbroath the draw was held to determine which lucky pledger would press 'The Big Red Button' on this year's fireworks display. Karren Cuthill, chair of the Fireworks for Arbroath committee, is pictured holding the bucket while the Arbroath Herald's own Johnston Ralston draws the name.