Getting ready for 2016

Samantha, Erin and Harriet Simpson will take part in the Fireballs for the first time
Samantha, Erin and Harriet Simpson will take part in the Fireballs for the first time

As Kincardine and Mearns gets ready for 2016, Stonehaven will once again see thousands descend upon the town for two huge events.

Open Air in the Square is set to delight music fans in the Market Square, while Stonehaven Fireballs will bring in 2016 in traditional style.

Samantha, Erin and Harriet Simpson will take part in the Fireballs for the first time

Samantha, Erin and Harriet Simpson will take part in the Fireballs for the first time

Preparations for both events have gone on for months with organisers keen to point out that folk cannot attend both events.

Tickets are still available for Open Air in the Square featuring Scottish favourites Deacon Blue.

Those who have bought tickets for the event need to collect their wristbands before 8pm on Hogmanay from Number 44 in Stonehaven.

Deacon Blue, Lorraine & The Borderlands, The Supernaturals, Supa & Da Kryptonites and battle of the band winners Rollin Drones are all scheduled to rock Stonehaven into 2016.

The Stonehaven Fireballs organisers have said this week that as per usual there are three entry points, via the Boardwalk, the High Street and Arbuthnott Street.

They said: “We aim to provide a bespoke, enjoyable event and safety is paramount to us so please obey any instructions given by the stewards to ensure this.

“Please bear in mind that the Stonehaven Fireballs and Open Air in The Square are two separate events which run at the same time and entry into one doesn’t necessarily guarantee entry into another.

“Toilets are situated at the harbour on the Middle Pier which is along from the Tolbooth Restaurant and Museum and also at Mary Street just off the Square.”

Fireball organisers said that although a free event, any donations are greatly appreciated.

Taking part in the Fireballs this year for the first time is three sisters Harriet, Erin and Samantha Simpson.

Harriet told us this week: “We’ve wanted to swing the fireballs for quite a long time, but we’ve only started to make an effort in the last few years. The last couple of years we’ve been marshalling: putting up the barriers, handing out leaflets, working behind the bar at the ceilidh.

“We’re all three of us very, very nervous - but we’ve been out practicing.

“I think it’ll be a much different experience when they’re lit. They’re quite heavy anyway, but I think once the petrol goes on them they’ll probably be more heavy, and a lot more scary.”