Secret donors support display

The organiser of Carnoustie’s fireworks display has contacted the Guide & Gazette to express his delight with the community’s generosity.

Lindsay Martin has been astonished by the anonymous donations which have been pouring in since the display at the Black Slab on November 1.

He said: “It’s amazing! Since the fireworks display, the numbers of people putting envelopes of anonymous donations through my door.

“I would like to thank them personally but all of these envelopes with £5, £10 and £20 notes, are anonymous.

“It’s quite amazing that people are doing it.”

Each year Carnoustie’s HM Coastguard detachment organises the bonfire and fireworks display which is funded by donations taken at the previous year’s event.

Four Valedictory Certificates were presented to Carnoustie Coastguards in the Royal British Legion rooms Carnoustie on Friday evening. Pictured are, from left - Norman Fox 36 years, Steve Parsley 41 years, Peter Diamond chief coastguard, May Ritchie accepting for her husband Jim 41 years who passed away at the end of last year and Lindsay Martin 35 years.

Four Valedictory Certificates were presented to Carnoustie Coastguards in the Royal British Legion rooms Carnoustie on Friday evening. Pictured are, from left - Norman Fox 36 years, Steve Parsley 41 years, Peter Diamond chief coastguard, May Ritchie accepting for her husband Jim 41 years who passed away at the end of last year and Lindsay Martin 35 years.

However, poor takings at the 2013 display threatened to cast a shadow on future events, prompting Lindsay to contact the Gazette to remind Carnoustie folk to be generous.

Lindsay added: “I’m quite taken aback with it. I never thought that this would happen. It’s never happened before. I think the bit the Guide & Gazette did about being generous and giving donations, I think that’s what hit it.

“We’ve never had this before. It’s just brilliant and it’s already set us in good standing for next year.”

Lindsay and the organising team would like to thank sincerely all of the donors, either anonymously or not, and those who gave on the night. They have been heartened by the community’s response.

This year’s display in fact turned out to be one of the best yet, watch the video on our website now.