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FIREWORKS FOR HOGMANAY 2018

Annually, the City of Edinburgh holds a huge firework display over the stunning setting of Edinburgh Castle which coincides with the one in London.

Around Scotland, there are several full-on firework displays taking place for Hogmanay – here are a few of them:

ABERFELDY

This is one of the street parties with live music, lots of food, a licensed bar, and a stunning firework display.  The event takes place in the centre of the Square in Aberfeldy in the stunning Perthshire Highlands from 8pm onwards.  There will be plenty to see and do so just go along and whilst the event is completely free, donations are gratefully accepted.

INVERNESS

Red Hot Highland fling – this event will take place in the Northern Meeting Park Arena in Inverness on New Year’s Eve from around 8pm and is free but donations are gratefully accepted.  Hosted by comedian Craig Hill, the event is listed as one of the top ten Hogmanay events in Scotland.  NO ALCOHOL PERMITTED unless bought on site.  This is a fantastic display which starts at 8pm and continues until the wee small hours.  The fireworks truly are a spectacle as they burst over Inverness Cathedral at midnight.

Entertainment is brought to you by local musicians The Elephant Sessions (traditional Scottish music), Scooty and the Skyhooks (soul music) and Skerryvore (a mix of folk, traditional Scottish, rock and Americana).

STIRLING HOGMANAY

This event caters to both families and adults alike.  There are two shows on New Years Eve – the first is for families and as such includes some quieter fireworks AT 9.15PM and then the big shebang is at midnight when the sky will be full of beautiful effects over the stunning Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Institute, which also celebrates is 150th anniversary in 2019 so this will be bigger and better than last year.

There is entertainment and competition from Capital FM, live music, food concessions and you can even bring along your own alcohol.  The only stipulation is that you cannot bring glass into the venue.

There will be an onsite DJ to get the crowd fired up ready for the fireworks – DJ Fat (his name is Albanian and means Luck!).  The cost is £10 each and a £1 booking fee.  According to everyone who attended last year, it is worth every penny.

STONEHAVEN FIREBALLS CEREMONY

This is Stonehaven’s unique way of welcoming in the New Year.  This event attracts visitors from across the country and beyond to witness first hand the swinging ‘Fireballs’. These are wire mesh cages which are packed with cloth, newspapers and coal briquettes and then the cage is secured with wire and then a handle is affixed to enable the ‘swingers’ to do their thing.  The parade starts at the stroke of Midnight on the town clock and usually includes around 40 men and women who swing their fireballs around their heads before making their way down to Stonehaven Harbour where they swing the balls into the harbour at around 12.25am when the fireworks are launched from the road above the Harbour, indicating the end of the festivities.  However, the people of Stonehaven are known to be a happy crowd and usually keep the party going till the wee small hours and beyond.

So, if you are looking to welcome in the New Year in traditional Scottish fashion, get up there and see the spectacle for yourself.

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ROUNDUP OF FIREWORK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

This weekend was the busiest in the firework calendar so far this year with events taking place in every corner of the globe.

Here in the UK, we kicked off proceedings with another fabulous Firework Champions events and this time at the majestic Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield. Competing on Saturday were PDC Fireworks from Peterborough who have won at previous F/C events at Capesthorne in 2014 and Belvoir Castle last year. Then, Blitz fireworks from Crewe, who have again won at Broughton Hall and Belvoir Castle and finally, Illusion Fireworks from Wallingford who won their first F/C event at their first attempt at Newby Hall last year.

The winners were BLITZ FIREWORKS from Crewe with a beautiful display. I did think that whilst the others were very good, they were incredibly smoky and Blitz was a little cleaner.

Then, there was the Battle Proms event at Castle Howard, York where they had a sky-full of fireworks for the rousing finale to Land of Hope and Glory; a brilliant end to a wonderful night of musical entertainment.

There was a huge event over the weekend in London’s East Ham under the stars at Central Park in London featuring live music and of course a huge fireworks finale on the Sunday.

Further afield, over on Canada there is Globalfest’s Trico Homes International Firework Festival and the Brazilian display was moved from the Thursday to the Friday due to a thunderstorm. This was just the start as Chile showed their wares to the World on Saturday. There are two more competing teams to take part on Tuesday and Thursday of this week which will be followed up by the Finale on Saturday 27th August by home display team Canada.

Finally, the third event in the Herrenhausen International Firework Competition over in Hanover, Germany. The competing teams from the Ukraine were firing – a stunning display with beautiful effects.

If you did get the chance to get along to any of the events, whether here or abroad, we would love to see any video or photographs you may have taken.

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