Putting some fire back into Arbroath

Karren Cuthill is organising a community run fireworks display for Arbroath.
Karren Cuthill is organising a community run fireworks display for Arbroath.

Born from the ashes of the Arbroath fireworks saga is the rising light of local mum.

Emotions surrounding the lack of firework display in the town have run high over the past month but Karren Cuthill has chosen to do something to change it.

Arbroath Fireworks 2013

Arbroath Fireworks 2013

“I don’t know the background as to why there was not one this year, and we don’t need to.

“I thought why can’t we go forward and organise one for ourselves?”

Karren set up a Facebook page ‘Fireworks for Arbroath’ to garner interest from the community and within 24 hours there was over 400 members.

Although displays such as Edzell and Dundee offer spectacular events Karren is keen to have something closer 
to home.

“Then we can just walk up to the town and be home at a reasonable time of night. It is another way to keep the community together as well as 
the kids.

“There was a number of people saying ‘we should do something’ but nobody actually wanted to say, ‘I’ll do it’, so I did!”

Karren has organised a public meeting on Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the bar at Coast, 4 Gravesend, Arbroath.

“We’ve got all kinds - mums, RNLI, Round Table have expressed an interest, council members and other people with previous experience of displays.

“It is between all of us, not just me. I just started the ball rolling, there are so many people that are interested. It is a community event,” Karren said. “People expect the council to organise it but it is up to us, and why not? Why can’t we do it? If there is enough of us together we can achieve it.

A number of successful firework events are run by community groups. The Edzell display is organised by the Village Improvement Society and the Carnoustie display by the Coastguard Association.