First event in years deemed a huge suc­cess

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray res­i­dents were treated to a spec­tac­u­lar fire­work dis­play and bon­fire night party at Davie Park on Satur­day night thanks to a suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing ap­peal.

This was the first time in a num­ber of years that there has been a bon­fire night cel­e­bra­tion in the town and or­gan­is­ers, who are de­lighted with the suc­cess of the event, are al­ready plan­ning to make it an an­nual oc­cu­rance.

The event was or­gan­ised by Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, who es­ti­mate that there were more than a thou­sand peo­ple at the dis­play, which was funded by do­na­tions from mem­bers of the pub­lic and lo­cal busi­nesses.

Morag Young from Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil told the Blairie: “We couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter night - we are just to­tally blown away by how well it all went.

“It was cold but the fire­works were out­stand­ing and ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy them­selves.

“We would like to thank John Ket­tles from Blast De­signs for all his ad­vice and sup­port, East of Scot­land Farm­ers and David­sons Vet­eri­nary Sup­plies for do­nat­ing pal­lets, Tay­side Con­tracts for sup­ply­ing the bar­ri­ers and cones, and ev­ery­one who do­nated to the ap­peal on the crowd­fund­ing page or who put money in the buck­ets.

“Big thanks also to Bob Smith from Robert Smith Con­trac­tors, Matt and Kevin from Howes, all the vol­un­teers on the night, our fan­tas­tic 500 - the Proc­tor Group, the Ro­tary Club of Blair­gowrie, One Voice, Thomas Thom­son, Cas­tle wa­ter and Trade So­lu­tions.

“It was a great night for fam­i­lies and we are al­ready think­ing about next year’s event.”

Coun­cil­lor Caro­line Shiers was

one of the hun­dreds of peo­ple who en­joyed them­selves.

She said: “What a fan­tas­tic event! A huge well done to the com­mu­nity coun­cil and Morag and Der­rick Young in par­tic­u­lar.

“It was a case of a ‘wouldn’t it be fan­tas­tic to see a bon­fire night event in the town again?’ dis­cus­sion at a meet­ing and then they made it hap­pen.

“Thanks also to ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted - be that small amounts through the crowd­fund­ing cam­paign, do­na­tions in the buck­ets on the night or the larger busi­ness do­na­tions.

“Hope­fully the mo­men­tum can be built upon and fur­ther sim­i­lar events can be held in fu­ture.”

Coun­cil­lor Tom McEwen added: “What a great fire­works dis­play in Davie Park on Satur­day, what an ef­fort by the com­mu­nity coun­cil, es­pe­cially Morag Young, to get so much or­gan­ised in a very short space of time - and run so well on the night - it all bodes well for next year.

“Both my daugh­ters jumped out of their skins when that first fire­work went off! And de­spite the cold, we had a great time.”

One lo­cal res­i­dent told the Blairie: “I think it is amaz­ing what Morag Young has or­gan­ised in such a short time. It was great to see so many peo­ple come out and sup­port the event and en­joy­ing them­selves and hope­fully it has started a new tra­di­tion that will carry on for many years to come.”

An­other res­i­dent, Rachel Stal­lard, com­mented: “It is re­ally good that they have put this event on, it’s been ab­so­lutely bril­liant, the fire­works were just won­der­ful.

“It’s been years since we have had some­thing like this in the town and it is great not to have to drive to Perth or Dundee for an or­gan­ised dis­play.”

For more pic­tures from the bon­fire night cel­e­bra­tions in both Blair­gowrie and Coupar Angus, see pages 18 and 19 of this week’s Blairie.

It’s not too late to do­nate to the fundrais­ing ap­peal as the com­mu­nity coun­cil is still rais­ing money for a new town cen­tre na­tiv­ity scene and Christ­mas tree for the Wellmeadow.

The fundrais­ing page can be found at www.just­giv­­fund­ing/br­c­clo­calevents

Grand de­signs Morag Young with hus­band the com­mu­nity coun­cil Der­rick. Photo cour­tesy of Stephen Gibas

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