One thing you cannot guarantee in November is a clear, dry night, and this proved to be the case on Saturday 8th of November where, despite a lovely dry day beforehand, it ended being very wet. But thankfully this did not put people off, and despite a dreich night people still came and supported this event, which was a huge success.

“If you build it they will come”… And come they did to the tune of over 1500 people! It was so well supported by the local community, and thanks to brilliant organisation from various members of the Laurencekirk Business Club who hosted the night, the event ran very smoothly and without a hitch.

The crowds were entertained by local radio station Mearns FM, and thanks to local haulier Doug Mitchell providing a stage for their show, they played some great music to keep the crowds entertained.

The Howe o’ the Mearns Pipe Band provided some fantastic playing for the lighting of the Bonfire, which was a super start to the event.

G & M Whyte of Keith were kept extremely busy providing delicious hot cooked food; there was plenty of choice for everyone.

The night sky was lit up with the colourful sparklers, glow bangles and lightsabers on sale by Laurencekirk Business Club, and all added to the fun for the children. The Laurencekirk Gala Committee had sweets and refreshments on sale and there were also some fantastic raffle prizes up for grabs on the night.

There was a tremendous atmosphere amongst the crowds of people, many of which were families who had come to be a part of this wonderful community event.

The Bonfire was lit at 6.30pm and provided a fantastic prelude to the fireworks; it burned so brightly, lighting up happy faces throughout the field, and the guy stood proud before succumbing to the flames.

The wonderful venue was kindly provided by local landowner John McWilliams, and could not have been a better location for this event.

Laurencekirk Fire Brigade and firefighters were on hand and gave children the fantastic opportunity to ask questions and sit inside the fire engine. We also had back-up first aid support from the Laurencekirk First Response team, while the Rotary Club Members and volunteers from within the community provided great help, giving up their Saturday night to shake the donation buckets and assist in marshalling the crowds.

The stunning professional firework display got underway at 7.15pm, and the crowds were not disappointed. The constant spectacular fireworks were met with many gasps and applause as the skies were lit up with the most beautiful shapes and colours, and I think everyone who was there will unanimously agree it was a most stunning and magnificent display so thoroughly enjoyed by everyone attending.

The LBC would like to take this opportunity to thank all their sponsors for their generous donations, without which this event would not have been possible.

It was a truly successful community event, and we hope one that will be on the Laurencekirk Business Club calendar again for next year!

Donna Allan, Laurencekirk Business Club

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