Safe Bonfire Night in Aberdeenshire

The Ellon bonfire lights up  Gordon Park.
The Ellon bonfire lights up Gordon Park.

Bonfire night in Aberdeenshire was one of the safest on record.

Fire chiefs reported no injuries or incidents of any significance in the region.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service say it is an endorsement of fire prevention campaigns and public safety messages.

November 5 is normally the busiest night of the year for crews.

Only two deliberate fires were recorded in the area and none the previous day, making it one of the safest.

The fire service worked closely on safety initiatives with Police Scotland and Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils.

These included school talks, releasing safety campaigns using social media and local newspapers and engagement with local communities to highlight the dangers of lighting unsupervised and poorly-constructed bonfires and leaving flammable items lying around.

Local senior officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray David Rout said: “We are delighted with this year’s figure and more importantly of no reported injuries or incidents of any significance occurring in Aberdeen shire or Moray.

“Historically, the 5th of November and nights leading up to bonfire night has reflected in high levels of operational activity for our staff.

“This year is an endorsement of the implementation of national and local fire prevention campaigns and our sustained approach to public safety messages.

“It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the public’s acknowledgement and awareness of such advice. It is also in recognition of the numerous organised events that have been witnessed across the area.”

He added: “We continue to work within our community planning partnerships to ensure a continued focus is given to community fire safety and anti-social behaviour throughout the year and not just at bonfire night.”

People were out in force to the main firework displays in Formartine and the Garioch.

At Ellon’s Gordon Park, there was an estimated crowd of more than 2000 for the bonfire and firework spectacular organised by the local Round Table.

There was also a good turn out for the display at Inverurie’s Thainstone Centre, which was arranged by Inverurie and District Round Table.

Other communities held smaller displays.