Ticket push for Ellon’s Hogmanay gig

Gothenburg Great Doug Rougvie who will be special guest at the Ellon Events disco fundraiser.
Gothenburg Great Doug Rougvie who will be special guest at the Ellon Events disco fundraiser.

Organisers of Ellon’s Hogmanay spectacular are stepping up their preparations for the big night.

During the last two weeks, they have reported an upsurge in demand for tickets for Gig at the Brig 2013.

And tomorrow night (Friday) a fundraising disco will be held in the Station Hotel and officials are urging local people to lend their support.

The New Year’s Eve celebrations will feature Terry McDermott, the Pitmedden singer who shot to fame after appearing on The Voice USA.

Along with his band The Bonfires, he will headline the evening’s entertainment.

Terry will be flying in for the Ellon town centre event from Vietnam, where he is appearing in The Voice Asia.

Singer and guitarist Jake Coghill and the Silver City Soul Revue will also be on the bill.

Kevin Coghill, Ellon Events organising committee member, said: “We’re now seeing tickets moving well and the past couple of weeks have been a revelation in the amount of interest .

“Gig at the Brig 2013 is now generating in and around our community and farther afield.”

Tomorrow night’s fundraiser will signal a major push for ticket sales ahead of Gig on the Brig.

Organisers say they have reached the 1,000 ticket mark, but there will be room for 3,500 in the Market Street car park.

Former Don and Gothenburg Great Doug Rougvie will be special guest and will draw the raffle at the disco and present the prizes.

Kevin said: “I would like to relay my gratitude to Doug on behalf of the town as a whole, and stated that we are all delighted Doug has offered this kind gesture.

“We greatly appreciate his support in what we are trying to achieve for the people of Ellon.

“Aberdeen-based soul and retro sounds DJ Ian McHattie will be playing floor-filling classic disco anthems , current chart and dance hits as well as bringing some evergreen and time-defying Motown and Northern Soul standards out to Ellon for a well anticipated and rarely seen night in the town.”

The safety plan for the New Year’s Eve spectacular is nearly finalised.

Ellon Events have been in discussion with Aberdeenshire Council, licensing and traffic boards and Police Scotland over arrangements.

Kevin said: “The final tweaks and adjustments to the overall event safety plan are being worked on this week with the end aim of having final overall approval granted within the next two weeks.

“All parties seem satisfied that for a first attempt at an event such as this and given the monumental planning and effort involved the committee are moving forward positively and working well with all concerned to achieve the go ahead.”

Market Street closed off from early on December 31 to around mid-morning on January 1 with diversions in place.