The big bang but where is the buck?

The organisers of the Carnoustie fireworks display are appealing for help after this year’s event attracted fewer people and less donations.

According to Lindsay Martin from the Carnoustie HM Coastguard station, which has organised the fireworks and bonfire for the last three decades, despite putting on a great show people appeared more reluctant than usual to dip into their pockets at the Black Slab on Saturday night.

This might be partly down to the torrential rain that plagued Angus for most of the day. Lindsay said: “I think it was the biggest and the best display we’ve had yet. The weather was a miracle. All day we set up in that foul weather but we had to keep going!

“Everybody has been commenting on it and saying that it was definitely the best one we’ve had down there.

“We reckoned it wasn’t as big a crowd as last year, around 2,500 to 3,000. The collection was poor as well this year.”

Lindsay is hoping to rally support in the town ahead of next year’s display.

He added: “Hopefully some people will send something in for next year, that’s 
what we are hoping for. Sometimes folk give us donations afterwards. That would 
be a big benefit so we could put on a decent display next year.

“They can hand it in to Selwoods or post it to the Coastguard station at 13 Admiral Street.

“We were fortunate this year because we got £1,000 from For Carnoustie and £500 from the Gala Committee as well.”