Galashiels fireworks event to return for a second year

Bonfire night celebrations will return to Galashiels with a bang next week as Heriot Watt students prepare for a Guy Fawkes night to remember, remember this fifth of November.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Gala Fawkes event, which attracted thousands of people and raised more than £5,500 for charity, Galashiels students are looking forward to an even bigger and better follow-up.

Organisers at the town’s Heriot-Watt University campus student s’ union are promising a giant bonfire, fireworks, music and plenty of glowsticks.

Student union vice-president Corto Pimenta said: “Following the huge success of Gala Fawkes in 2015, we are back with an even bigger and better bonfire night for families around the Borders.”

Hoping to attract more than 5,000 people on the night, this year’s event has been moved to Galashiels Rugby Club’s grounds at Netherdale to offer more space and extra parking places.

Corto added: “This venue allows us to include live music and other entertainment, a marquee for the stalls and students’ work as well as glow merchandise and food and drink.”

This year’s event is in aid of Radio Borders’ Cash for Kids appeal and the students’ union.

Gates open at 5pm on Saturday, November 5, and there is a suggested entry donation of £3 for adults.

An official after-party will later be held for over-18s at Warehouse nightclub in the town’s Overhaugh Street.