Councillors back Ellon Hogmanay celebrations

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Hogmanay celebrations in Ellon have been given a boost with a £4000 contribution from Aberdeenshire Council.

A new community organisation, Ellon Events, applied to the Formartine Area Committee for funding to host a major outdoor New Year gathering in the town centre.

Councillors approved the contribution from the area top-up budget on Tuesday.

The new organisation, formed by local people, was seeking support for a large-scale music event on Hogmanay.

Committee members heard that they were looking for start-up costs to secure bands to allow ticket sales to go-ahead.

The total estimated cost of the project is £65,000.

Organisers say the Hogmanay festival will be held in Market Street and the adjoining car park.

A stage will be built and up to five bands will entertain crowds expected to be up to 3500, subject to licensing approval.

Committee members heard that tickets sales at £15 for adults and £5 for children were expected to generate around £42,500.

Advertising, sponsorship, stall fees and donations would, hopefully, see the event close to break-even beforehand, with proceeds from the bar ensuring an overall profit.

Local businesses will provide hot and cold food and drinks stalls.