Ellon celebrates a Hogmanay spectacular

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Ellon’s first Hogmanay street party has been rated a resounding success.

More than 2000 revellers packed into Market Street in the town centre to bring in the New Year at Gig At The Brig.

Crowds enjoying Gig at the Brig

Crowds enjoying Gig at the Brig

The hangovers have long since worn off and organisers are now preparing to lay plans for the 2014 event.

Ellon Events organised the celebration which featured Pitmedden’s rising star Terry McDermott as headline act. Also on the bill were Casino Circus, Silver City Soul Revue and Jake Coghill.

Events spokesman Kevin Coghill told the Times: “The consensus from all involved in organising, performing and attending was that it can be classed as a resounding success story.

“Despite initial concerns, the local community came out in force to celebrate and support Gig At The Brig with upwards of 2200 tickets sold and a real carnival atmosphere taking over the packed riverside arena and all along Market Street.

Crowds enjoying Gig at the Brig

Crowds enjoying Gig at the Brig

“The rain stopped, the wind dropped and the town partied like never before.”

Mr Coghill paid tribute to all the acts who he said had made it a night to remember for all those who attended.

The idea to put together the best night’s entertainment the town had ever seen was hatched last January by Ellon Events chairman Wayne Baber, and shared with Mr Coghill and Nikki Keenan.

Mr Coghill said: “Eleven months on from that first meeting, and with six other like-minded idealists recruited along the way, the collective phenomenal voluntary effort has produced exactly that result.”

“In due course the Ellon Events committee will regroup, review how the past year has gone and thereafter decide their plans for 2014.”

Ellon and District Councillor Isobel Davidson said the town could be proud of a “fantastic” event.

She added: “All the artistes were incredibly good and the audience and atmosphere fantastic.

“The organisers need to take a bow, have a rest and get on with the next event!”