Damp squib at race­course

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS -

It’s not a ‘ dou­ble’ that Ayr Race­course would want to re­mem­ber – but can­celling the Gold Cup in Septem­ber and then the MSH Fire­works Night last Fri­day – isn’t ex­actly top form.

Let­ting off fire­works - with dozens of race horses in overnight sta­bles nearby – was an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

Thank­fully, the an­i­mal’s wel­fare pre­vailed.

If any good has come of it, it means the Mal­colm Sar­gent House event will no longer clash with Ayr Rugby’s Club’s own dis­play – which went ahead with great suc­cess last Fri­day.

And I was pleased to see Ayr RFC per­mit­ted MSH col­lec­tion buck­ets onto their grounds. Well done, Mill­brae! How­ever, I am hop­ing all this good­will is still around when it comes to plan­ning dates for next year’s events.

Hav­ing the town’s two big­gest fire­work dis­plays on the same night just doesn’t make sense.

The sen­si­ble op­tion is sim­ply “turn about” - with Ayr RFC and MSH get­ting first pick on their pre­ferred date in al­ter­nate years.

My sources say the rugby men were up for this – but MSH didn’t want to play ball! Come on guys. Find­ing two dif­fer­ent dates for two fire­work dis­plays isn’t ex­actly rocket sci­ence!

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