7000-strong crowd has a blast on Inch
40th fireworks display declared a huge success
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.