7000-strong crowd has a blast on Inch

40th fire­works dis­play de­clared a huge suc­cess

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rob­bie Chalmers

Around 7000 peo­ple turned out to watch Perth’s fire­works dis­play on Mon­day night, or­gan­is­ers have re­vealed.

The event on the South Inch was once again or­gan­ised by Perth Strat­hearn Round Ta­ble.

It was the 40th time the group had or­gan­ised a dis­play for the city.

Paul Sharkey, Perth Strat­hearn Round Ta­ble event of­fi­cer, said: “It was a fan­tas­tic suc­cess.

“The fi­nale was the best ever. This year’s fire­works theme was rock and we sure had the Inch rock­ing.

“Now that we op­er­ate across both Lesser and [main] South Inch there is so much more space for ev­ery­one to en­joy the evening.

“Some of the com­ments on so­cial me­dia have been in­cred­i­bly pleas­ing to here.

“Cer­tainly our char­ity buck­ets would in­di­cate this, with money given up on last year.

“Over­all a fan­tas­tic safe event which went with­out any known in­ci­dent.”

“Thank you to Po­lice Scot­land and Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue and the many vol­un­teers who give their time to build the bon­fire, erect the fenc­ing and then those who clean and tidy up af­ter the event. Thanks also to the many busi­nesses who sup­ply ma­te­rial and equip­ment in kind - who make all this so much eas­ier and much more likely to suc­ceed.”

Along with the South Inch show, rev­ellers from all over Perthshire en­joyed the sparkling fes­tiv­i­ties from the Coupar An­gus Blast in the Park fire­work dis­play in Larghan Park, to the Pit­lochry Bon­fire Night at the Re­cre­ation Ground, to the Cri­eff Round Ta­ble’s “bumper dis­play” of fire­works in Mar­ket Park.

De­spite the nu­mer­ous events, emer­gency ser­vices only had to at­tend two non-bon­fire re­lated in­ci­dents on the night, a small house fire in Kin­ross as a re­sult of cook­ing and a sec­ondary fire took place in wheelie bins in North Muir­ton.

The Perth crew was re­quired to ex­tin­guished the fire at the end of the South Inch’s or­gan­ised fire­work event, but this was planned.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Perth and Kin­ross praised lo­cals on the night for keep­ing safe.

Billy Mclin­tock, group man­ager for the Perth Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Sta­tion, said: “It was good to see ev­ery­one en­joy­ing Guy Fawkes evening with­out any se­ri­ous in­ci­dents.

“A big thank you goes out from me to our com­mu­ni­ties as well our staff and Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity war­dens.

“The work the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, both na­tional with part­ners and lo­cally with Perth and Kin­ross com­mu­nity war­dens, do in both pre-plan­ning on the lead up to the evening and dur­ing the evening is ex­cel­lent.”

Chief In­spec­tor Ian Scott, area

Perth’s fire­works dis­play lights up the city. Pic­ture by Chris Lo­gan com­man­der for Perth and Kin­ross, said there had been no ma­jor in­ci­dents, adding: “We only had a cou­ple of calls all evening in re­la­tion to Bon­fire Night.

“We sup­ported some of the of­fi­cial dis­plays and would like to thank the or­gan­is­ers and pub­lic alike for mak­ing th­ese safe, friendly events that ev­ery­body could en­joy.”

NHS Tay­side also con­firmed no fire re­lated in­juries were re­ported to hos­pi­tals in Perth and Kin­ross on Mon­day.

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