Thousands set to turn out for community-funded fireworks display at RM Condor marine base

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Images from a previous display in the town.

Thousands are expected to flock to Arbroath’s marine base for the town’s community fireworks display on Sunday evening.

The venue for this year’s spectacle has been moved to RM Condor following safety concerns over the usual site, Inchcape Park, and its proximity to the dual carriageway.

The community-funded and organised event is the third annual display organised by the Fireworks for Arbroath committee.

Karren Cuthill, chairwoman of Fireworks for Arbroath 2017, said: “As always our volunteers will be there on the night with collection buckets.

“Any donations that are made will go straight towards 2018’s display.

“We are very much looking forward to this year being as successful as previous years and we hope to see the community turn out in force.”

There was no annual bonfire night celebration in the town in 2014, prompting an outcry from disappointed residents.

A group called Fireworks for Arbroath was set up to bring the event back.

Since the display was 
reinstated, between 7,000 and 10,000 people have attended each year but the numbers watching from the dual carriageway have become a concern for Police Scotland and Angus Council.

A suggested move to Victoria Park also raised potential issues, due to lack of lighting and the nearby cliffs.

Bosses at RM Condor stepped in and offered the old airfield at the base for free.

Gates will open for access by foot at the side entrance on Kirkton Road at 5.45pm, before the bonfire at 6.30pm and fireworks at 6.40pm.

The display will run for approximately 20 minutes.

Stewards will be present on the night to guide people to the gates and towards the spectator area.

Karren said the path was uneven in places and asked spectators to take special care on arrival at RM Condor.

Traffic cones will be placed along Kirkton Road to keep the area clear of cars and as safe as possible for pedestrians.

No vehicles will be permitted onto the RM Condor site for parking and people are requested to use public transport or arrive on foot.

A limited number of disabled spaces will be available at the old ALPS site on a first come first served basis, although people using them will have a delay in leaving as priority will be given to pedestrians.

Sparklers will be strictly prohibited within the grounds of RM Condor.

Elsewhere in Angus there will be a fireworks and bonfire display in Edzell on Saturday and another in Kirriemuir on the same night, which will also include live bands.

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