Bonfire Night goes off with a bang

Gadle Braes
Gadle Braes

Peterhead residents were treated to two fantastic bonfires and firework displays on Wednesday, November 5.

The popular Gadle Braes bonfire took place as planned, as did the Buchanhaven Harbour Committee’s bonfire and firework display.

Buchanhaven Harbour

Buchanhaven Harbour

Large crowds turned out to support both local events.

Speaking afterwards, organisers of the Gadle Braes bonfire said: “The night went fantastically.

“It was proven to the hundreds that gathered to have a great night that we could and did have everything under control like every other year, and for anyone that doubted us to have a think to maybe work alongside us next year.

“There was no problems with the crowd, no damage to any property and even the fireworks went without a hitch.”

Buchanhaven Harbour

Buchanhaven Harbour

They added: “We would like to thank MB plant, Speedy Hire, Claymore Homes and every other person that played a part in donating wood or fences and transport, and also the security for their time and effort.

“We hope to see you all next year and hope you had a great night.”

Meanwhile Buchanhaven Harbour Chairman, Arthur James, said: “On behalf of the committee we would like to thank everyone who helped organising the annual event.

“The night went really well, there was a great turnout from local people and they all seemed to enjoy it.

“It was policed really well as roads were closed off and barriers were up to stop non-essential personnel from going too close to the bonfire and fireworks.

“The crowd behaved really well too and nobody was hurt.

He added: “Everyone seemed to enjoy the firework display and even gave our committee member James Wilson and his son Sam a round of applause after it finished which was great to see.

“We are looking to make our event even bigger and better next year with a bigger fireworks display and we will have food stalls and few famous characters walking about that everyone may know.”

Police Scotland have praised the public for ensuring that Bonfire Night was a safe one.

Aberdeenshire and Moray Divisional Commander, Mark McLaren said: “There were relatively few calls in relation to Bonfire night.

“There were a number of public fireworks displays across Aberdeenshire and Moray which all passed off peacefully without incident.”

November 5 is historically the busiest night of the year for the Fire Service but they say 2014 has been one of the safest Bonfire Nights Aberdeenshire has ever seen.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service worked closely with its partners at Police Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council to implement safety initiatives.

SFRS local senior officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout, said: “We are delighted with this year’s figure and more importantly of no reported injuries or incidents of any significance occurring.

“We continue to work within our community planning partnerships to ensure a continued focus is given to community fire safety and anti-social behaviour throughout the year and not just at bonfire night.”