Fund­ing ap­peal for Blair fire­works

As lot­tery fund­ing is un­suc­cess­ful

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

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.just­giv­­fund­ing/br­c­clo­calevents

Ap­peal Morag Young

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