Whithorn community to take over fireworks event

A large turnout in Whithorn for the fireworks meeting
A large turnout in Whithorn for the fireworks meeting

After their popular fireworks display was cancelled last year when it lost the backing of Fire and Rescue Service Scotland, the townspeople of Whithorn have decided to run the event themselves this year.

At a meeting in the Community Centre on Tuesday evening, a large turn out of residents heard Isobel Torbet, Gary Huxtable, Forsyth Galloway and Billy Dodds vow that if they had the “100 per cent” backing of the people in the town, the fireworks display would go ahead in 2015 and could even be bigger and better than ever.

Gary Huxtable told the meeting: “We need the backing of the community for this as our main aim is to do something for them. If this goes ahead it will be run by the community for the community - for kids and adults alike.

“Whithorn is a tight-knit community and, because of that, I have no doubts we will have a fireworks display in November.”

The ‘Whithorn Four’ called for and received offers of help with filling places on a committee so that they could draft a constitution and then apply for grants to help fund the event. There were also many ideas of how to raise funds for the purchase of fireworks and other sundries from the floor. The group had already looked at various sites around the town and the favourite venue at this stage is on open ground between Oswie house and the fire station at the north end of Whithorn.

Safety was a top priority for the group and, if required, temporary fencing would put in place as it is hoped to have both a fireworks display and a bonfire on the night.

Members of the Royal Burgh of Whithorn and District Community Council at the meeting were more than willing to help the group out with getting public liability insurance in place for the event. The fireworks committee will now be working towards raising around £1000 to get their first community-run display off the ground.

If you would like to offer assistance the group would like to hear from you. You can email your contact details to forsyth.g@btinternet.com or to louise.kerr@gallowaygazette.com