‘Our fire­works dis­play wasn’t as good as usual’

Tablers say sorry for mal­func­tion

Stirling Observer - - STIRLINGSHIRE REMEMBERS - Chris Marzella

Or­gan­is­ers of Mon­day’s Bridge of Al­lan Bon­fire Night event have apol­o­gised af­ter some fire­works failed to ig­nite.

Or­gan­is­ers Bridge of Al­lan and Stir­ling Round Ta­ble have promised to cor­rect the mal­func­tion in time for their 40th an­niver­sary show next Novem­ber 5.

Tablers say the dis­play failed meet the stan­dards of pre­vi­ous events.

Around 6500 spec­ta­tors took in the an­nual bon­fire and fire­works dis­play at the Games Field on Mon­day evening.

It proved to be an­other big hit with on­look­ers but or­gan­is­ers ad­mit there was an is­sue with some of the fire­works.

In an on­line post, the group said: “While the fire­works show was also great to see, we ap­pre­ci­ate it maybe did not hit the same in­cred­i­ble heights as we have done in the past.

“We have re­ceived feed­back from the pro­fes­sional py­rotech­nics com­pany who we hire to run the show that a num­ber of their fire­works failed to go off and they are cur­rently look­ing into this is­sue. They, and we, of­fer sin­cere apolo­gies.

“This is the first time in our 39 shows we have had this mal­func­tion, and while we strongly feel it did not af­fect the over­all value or ex­pe­ri­ence of the night, we are de­ter­mined to make our 40th an­niver­sary fire­works show next year big­ger and bet­ter to re­flect this.”

The post added: “We’re in­cred­i­bly grate­ful of the con­tin­ued sup­port of the com­mu­nity and the thou­sands of spec­ta­tors and vol­un­teers who turned out on the night.

“Thanks to ev­ery­body who bought a ticket, we raised thou­sands of pounds with ev­ery penny of profit go­ing di­rectly to good causes. We look for­ward to you all join­ing us next year for our ‘Fire­works 40’ which will be spe­cial.”

De­spite the Tablers’ re­marks, peo­ple ex­pressed sup­port for them and the event.

Ju­lia Riddell said: “We come ev­ery year and had a feel­ing some­thing was amiss. We thought that maybe some of the fire­works weren’t go­ing off but th­ese things can hap­pen. Still, a great night and won’t stop us com­ing back.”

Les­ley-Anne Toller­ton said: “We did won­der when the fire­works kept go­ing quiet. How­ever the fi­nale was pulled off with­out a hitch and that’s the big­gest part of the show. Abba Re­vival were fan­tas­tic and I had a great evening.”

Vic­to­ria An­der­son added: “We won­dered that some­thing was wrong and felt so sorry for the or­gan­is­ers as I’m sure th­ese things can quite eas­ily go wrong.

“Never mind, still a great night and I’m sure next year will be amaz­ing as pre­vi­ous years have al­ways been.”

Fire­works were set off to the sound­track of The Great­est Show­man. Tablers say the event costs around £15,000 to stage each year, half of which is spent on the fire­works, with all prof­its be­ing split be­tween a va­ri­ety of groups.

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