Bonfire bonanza at Ellon

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ELLON’S Bonfire night proved a hit with the crowds, after thousand turned out to see the event in the town’s Gordon Park.

Ellon Times reporter Kenneth Hutchison assisted members to choose the winning Guy in the local schools’ Guy Fawkes competition - this year’s winners were Balmedie Primary, with their ‘Bob the Builder’ Guy, who took pride of place at the top of the bonfire.

The show’s fireworks were set off by local boy Joe Blackwood, in a spectacular show that wowed the crowd.

Round Table spokesman Wayne Baber told the Times that the evening had been a resounding success, and that there was an even better turnout than last year’s event.

“We probably got around five thousand people along this year,” he said. “The event raised £4,500, so we had a wee loss - £700 - on the event. But it was worth it.

“Everybody who has spoken to me about it has complimented the display, saying that it was as good as anything they would expect in Aberdeen. The city will have a tough act to follow.

“We’ve also taken people’s comments on board about maybe cutting the time between the lighting of the fire and the setting off of the fireworks. But we will certainly be doing it next year, and we’ll be aiming to make it better again.”