It may seem like a while off yet but behind the scenes plans are well underway for the famous Hogmanay Fireballs ceremony.
The Fireballs ceremony traditionally takes place on the strike of midnight each Hogmanay, and thousands turn out to watch the procession of fireball swingers as they march down Stonehaven’s High Street.
The Fireballs Committee are kept busy all year preparing for the event, and they are always on the lookout for marshals to make it all possible, this year being no exception.
Fireballs event organiser Kevin Boyne told the Leader: “With the tightening up of health and safety we need to have all our marshals in place by the end of October. Usually this can be left until nearer the time, but we need people to come forward sooner this year.
“We need 34 marshals altogether. If there are no marshals, there are no fireballs.”
In order to become eligible to swing a fireball in future years, you must volunteer as a marshal first.
Kevin stressed that those who plan on spending Hogmanay in Stonehaven should either attend the Fireballs, or the alternative Open Air in the Square concert in the town’s Market Square, which is being headlined this year by Scottish pop favourites Deacon Blue, and not try to go to both, as this can cause problems with crowd control.
Anyone interested in volunteering as a marshal can find out more on the Stonehaven Fireballs Facebook page, visit their website www.stonehavenfireballs.co.uk, or phone Kevin Boyne on (01569) 762894.
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