Bonfire Night warning from fire chiefs

Fire chiefs are urging people to stay safe this Bonfire Night.
Fire chiefs are urging people to stay safe this Bonfire Night.

Fire chiefs are urging people in the North-east to stay safe this Bonfire Night.

They are advising the public to attend organised events, rather than staging their own firework displays.

Bonfire Night is traditionally one of the busiest of the year for firefighters.

Local senior officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout, said: “Organised events are well managed, normally more spectacular and safer for everyone.

“Our attendance at bonfires could mean our resources are being taken away from other emergencies. It could have tragic consequences for those who urgently need our help.”

Many communities in the North-east will be holding their celebrations this weekend.

Ellon’s will take place in Gordon Park on Saturday with the bonfire being lit at 5.45.

The event is being organised by Ellon Round Table and its press and area officer Deni Sarafimoski said they supported the fire service’s safety message.

He added: “We hope people can come to see a great show in a safe manner.

“We have had a lot interest this year and are really hoping it is a great night out for everyone.

“The weather forecast is for no rain so hopefully we will see a packed Gordon Park.”

Admission to the Ellon display is free and the park will open at 5pm with various stalls. There will be donation collections.

The firework display will get under way at 6.45 and last around 15 minutes with the evening’s activities concluding at 8pm.