Fire­works dis­play is a real blast in the park

Event or­gan­is­ers pro­duce an­other spec­tac­u­lar show

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered in Coupar Angus on Fri­day night for the an­nual Blast in the Park fire­works dis­play in Larghan Park.

Or­gan­is­ers had promised an­other spec­tac­u­lar show for their 12th year in the east Perthshire town and didn’t dis­ap­point.

As well as the fire­work dis­play, there was a bon­fire and the pop­u­lar fire-breath­ing dragon was also back.

A range of hot food and drinks was avail­able, in­clud­ing soup.

The fire­works are en­gi­neered by the award-win­ning Blast De­sign, run by for­mer Coupar Angus man John Ket­tles.

He said: “It was a great night with fan­tas­tic weather and a great crowd.

“Un­for­tu­nately we did have a can­cel­la­tion from the fun fair so next year I think we will have a longer fire­work dis­play and do our own en­ter­tain­ment.

“Peo­ple did miss the fun fair I think so we will up the ante next year.”

The event is free but do­na­tions are col­lected on the night.

This year, pro­ceeds from the col­lec­tion will go to­wards do­nat­ing a mon­key puz­zle tree to Larghan Park as a me­mo­rial to tod­dler Har­low Ed­wards who lived close to the park and was trag­i­cally killed on the For­far Road in the town last year.

Money will also be do­nated to the hema­tol­ogy and on­col­ogy de­part­ment at Perth Royal In­fir­mary.

Wendy McCombes is chair of Coupar Angus and Ben­dochy Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, which helps run the pop­u­lar event.

She said: “John Ket­tles has done an­other fab­u­lous job.

“The event was re­ally well or­gan­ised with lots of vol­un­teers help­ing out and it was an­other great evening with a fan­tas­tic turnout.

“It is won­der­ful that this event is so well sup­ported by peo­ple, there were thou­sands of peo­ple here again, with lots of lo­cals as well as visi­tors from fur­ther afield en­joy­ing the dis­play.

“We very much ap­pre­ci­ate John’s sup­port of Coupar Angus and the in­vest­ment he puts into the town each year.”

Coupar Angus res­i­dent Carol Jewell agreed, com­ment­ing: “What a lovely night! It was very well at­tended and the bon­fire was very im­pres­sive. The fire­works were won­der­ful as al­ways and the weather was su­per.

“It’s nice to see so many fam­i­lies here en­joy­ing the event, it is great for the com­mu­nity.”

And one vis­i­tor from Newtyle added: “The fire­works dis­play was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, we’re re­ally lucky to have this ev­ery year.”

Ge­orge Turn­bull is the watch man­ager for Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s Coupar Angus fire sta­tion.

He said: “It was a fan­tas­tic night and very well or­gan­ised. The fire en­gine was very pop­u­lar with the young­sters and we had a great night for it weather-wise too.”

Vol­un­teers Tracy Thom, Wendy McCombes and Maria Bee

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