Thousands flock to sparkling celebration
AROUND 2,000 people turned out to enjoy a bonfire and fireworks celebration.
Organised by Ellon Round Table, the free event took place in Gordon Park on Saturday, for its eighth year. James Shaw, chairman of the group, hailed the success of this year’s event, which included a bonfire measuring 5m high (16ft) and 8m (26ft) by 8m wide. He added: “I think it went well. “There was a good turnout, probably a couple of thousand people. “There may not have been as many people as previously on account of the weather.” Aside from the bonfire, those attending also enjoyed a funfair carnival, barbecue and refreshments. Organisers are still counting the proceeds from the event, but said they are hopeful it will return again next year. Mr Shaw said: “Hopefully we will organise it again next year if it’s worth it again. “We rely completely on donations from the public to fund it. “We don’t tend to make much profit but anything we do make goes back into the community. “So hopefully we will get a bit of money to put towards local causes.” Some of the groups which have received donations in the past include local football teams, Ellon Men’s Shed, Rotary, Scout groups and more. Wood for the blaze came via donations from businesses and included everything from discarded wardrobes to surplus pallets. Ellon Round Table group is also looking for men aged between 18 and 25 to join and help organise future activities. Now the bonfire and fireworks display has passed, the group have moved full steam ahead into the festive season with a number of events planned. These include selling Christmas trees and Santa’s sleigh going around the town picking up gifts to donate to Cash for Kids.
A display of sound and light at the bonfire and fireworks celebration at Ellon