Published: 24/12/2014 09:00 - Updated: 22/12/2014 15:08

Portsoy fireworks set to welcome 2015 in style

PORTSOY will be the highlight of the Banffshire Coast’s Hogmanay celebrations again this year – literally.

The town’s Links area will again be staging the North-east’s biggest fireworks display to celebrate the start of 2015 at midnight on Thursday, January 1.

The small former fishing town, home to the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival every summer, first became a magnet for New Year revellers in 2000, when it staged its first fireworks spectacular to herald the dawn of the new millennium.

"The fireworks display is prepared and professionally staged by Galaxy Fireworks from London and they always put on a really spectacular show," said Portsoy 75 Club secretary Brian Sutherland.

"Every year’s show has been better than the previous one and it will last more than 20 minutes.

"The displays always draw big crowds to the Links from Portsoy and further afield and they have become a feature of local New Year celebrations which everybody really looks forward to."

Admission to the display, which is organised by the Portsoy 75 Club, who raise funds all year around for a variety of local community groups, in conjunction with the Portsoy Thrift Shop is free.

"We merely ask those who come along to make a donation via a bucket collection to help us cover the cost of the fireworks," said Mr Sutherland.

"In previous years, those who came along have been generous and we hope that will be the case again this year so we can make sure we are able to do it again next year."

The Hogmanay celebrations in Portsoy start at 11pm in the Institute Hall, where there will be live entertainment and stovies at £3 a head to fuel revellers heading for the Links at midnight.

Local man Allen Henderson won the Portsoy 75 Club’s annual Christmas Trolley Dash draw with hampers worth £50 and £25, respectively, going to Caitlyn Finnie and Alan Stott.

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