Fireworks could be set to go out with a bang

New Year in Melrose 2015.
New Year in Melrose 2015.

Melrose Community Council is warning that the town’s Hogmanay fireworks could go out with a bang this year unless more volunteers offer to help.

Provost William Windram said: “The community council has been running the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks for the last 16 years, and it has become a major event for the Scottish Borders.

“The event is entirely managed by volunteers, but it is often difficult to attract volunteers at this time of year.

“At present, this year looks like it will be the last unless new volunteers come forward to help ensure that it can continue into the future.

“It would be a great pity for the fireworks to come to an end, so I am making an appeal to the whole community in the hope that volunteers will come forward to ensure this very popular event can continue.”

“The community council is required to steward the event and help manage the many thousands of people who attend.”

Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker, a ward member for Leaderdale and Melrose, added: “The community council and its volunteer team have done a tremendous job of running and managing the Melrose Hogmanay fireworks each year.

“The fireworks attract a great many people into the town and have become a real highlight of the festive period.

“The community council does receive support from Police Scotland and Scottish Borders Council to help run the event, but volunteer effort is essential if the event is to run safely.

“If people are interested in supporting the community council, it would give a major boost to the event’s future.”

Volunteers are required for no more than a couple of hours, and their work involves helping to collect donations, and stewarding barriers.

The fireworks are managed and released by a team from the town’s Ship Inn.