Countdown to bonfire blast off

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CARNOUSTIE folk have been getting into the spirit of things in the run up to the annual Coastguard Bonfire.

The bonfire and fireworks display has been staged for the last 30 years by the Carnoustie branch of the Coastguard Association and will take place tomorrow night (Saturday).

The Coastguards have been hard at work collecting pallets and scrap wood to pile into the giant bonfire which forms the centre piece for the annual display.

Carnoustie Coastguard Station Officer Lindsay Martin said: “Things are all well in hand, everything is in place and we will be erecting the safety barriers on Friday morning.

“The bonfire will then start getting built on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

“We’re really confident and the weather at the moment looks favourable.”

The bonfire will be lit at 6.45 p.m. and the first fireworks will shoot off at 7 p.m. This year’s display promises to be quite the spectacle thanks to a bigger budget.

The Gala Committee’s Torchlight Parade will open proceedings, with the torch bearers leaving Woodlands Primary School at 6.30 p.m.

The parade will be led by the Carnoustie and District Pipe Band and the pipe band from the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Following the display spectators are invited back to the Kinloch Arms Hotel where, for a donation to the 2013 display, they can enjoy hot drinks and stovies.

The bonfire and fireworks display is entirely funded through public donations and bucket collectors will be among the crowd raising cash for next year’s event.

Lindsay added: “The fireworks display is entirely funded by the generosity of the people who attend and we don’t get any public subscription to help us at all.

“In previous years we’ve had great support not only from Carnoustie, but also Monifieth and the landward areas.

“We’ve had a great response from these areas and in the past people have come all the way from Alyth to see the display.

“This will be the biggest one ever and we are really looking forward to it.”