Published: 23/11/2010 00:00 - Updated: 21/11/2011 16:05

Sparkling Hogmanay in store for Portsoy

PORTSOYS Hogmanay firework display will go ahead making it a bright start to the new year for the towns residents.

The towns 75 Club announced back in September that display was cancelled due to changes in licensing requirements, which meant an extra cost in security and safety issues, which it could not afford.

However, the club have joined forces with the towns thrift shop, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival group and the Institute Hall to make sure the spectacular on Friday, December 31, will happen this year.

Roger Goodyear, boat festival chairman, said: There was a lot of disappointment in the town when it was announced that the fireworks display was cancelled. However, it was understandable why the 75 club had to do it.

The 75 club, thrift shop and boat festival group met to see what could be done to re-instate it to respond to the disappointment and the decision was made to go ahead with it.

The display was formerly held at the towns Loch Soy area, but for the past two years has been at the back green, where it will be held this year.

Mr Goodyear added: A new addition this year will be hot food, with stovies served in the Institute Hall and soup at the Salmon Bothy, with volunteers helping out at both venues.

We are delighted that the event will be going ahead and anyone is invited to come along and enjoy the fireworks.

He explained that the funding had been led by the 75 Club and Thrift Shop.

He said: It is a very expensive operation and we are encouraging people who come along to put their hands in their pockets and support the event.

The more support that can be raised means the popular event can continue in future.

Portsoy 75 Club chairman, Brian Sutherland said: We are very happy it will go on as usual with the extra attraction of hot food.

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