Funding appeal for Blair fireworks
As lottery funding is unsuccessful
Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council has launched a crowdfunding initiative to try to raise money for its proposed firework display for the town.
The move comes after a funding application to the National Lottery for the bonfire night festivities was turned down last week – just a fortnight before the event is due to take place.
Organisers of the event say that the bonfire will still go ahead on Saturday, November 4, but that without funding the fireworks display is under threat, which is why they are now trying to raise £4,000. Writing on the online funding page, Morag Young from the community council said: “We’re looking to raise money to cover the cost of our fireworks display in November and our contemporary and inventive nativity display in December. “It’s been a really long time, nearly 10 years, since our community was able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bonfire Night,
so we’ve put together a small event that we’re hoping to grow into something even more amazing.
“We all love our fireworks and nothing completes Bonfire Night more than a spectacular colourful display that lights up the sky and leaves the smell of gunpowder hanging in the air.
“With your help we could give people a reason to come out on a cold November evening and a place for them to get their firework fix.”
Urging people to support the fundraising efforts, Morag went on: “Our funding application was turned down by the National Lottery and our local council doesn’t have any cash to give to us for this so it’s up to us to make this happen, and with your help we can.
“Please get behind this fundraising.
“If you could give what you can to help out our Perthshire town, any donations, big or small, would be very gratefully received.”
Speaking to the Blairie, Morag added that there will be collection buckets on the night to get donations to hopefully ensure that the event will become a regular fixture on the Blairgowrie and Rattray calendar.
Donations will also go towards other events and displays planned for the town, including re-instating a town centre nativity scene and Christmas tree.
She said: “We really hope people will get behind this, and the response so far has been good with a lot of local residents very kindly supporting the fundraising efforts, and hopefully local buisnesses will get on board too.
“It should be a really good event regardless, but it would be fantastic if we could raise enough money to have fireworks as well.
“This is just our first year of doing this and hopefully it will grow from this in the future.”
Blast in the Park in Coupar Angus, which always takes place on the Friday closest to Bonfire Night, regularly attracts thousands of spectators – many of whom make the short journey to Larghan Park from Blairgowrie – to enjoy the impressive firework display, the bonfire, and additional attractions such as food stalls and a fun fair.
The Blairgowrie event will take place on Saturday, November 4, to allow both events to take place, and will get under way at 6.45pm.
As well as the bonfire, there will also be food and drink vendors at the Davie Park for people to make the most of the evening’s festivities.
The community council is also keen to hear from anyone who may have spare pallets or wood that they can donate for the fire.
Please contact them through their Facebook page, which can be found by searching for Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council on the social media platform.
The fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brcclocalevents
Appeal Morag Young