Simple Minds ‘delighted’ with event

Jim Kerr launches Open Air in the Square at Dunnottar Castle last week
Jim Kerr launches Open Air in the Square at Dunnottar Castle last week

Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr officially launched the Hogmanay Open Air in the Square event at Dunnottar castle last week.

The chart toppers will play at Stonehavens Hogmanay party in the Market Square and will run in tandem with the Fireballs ceremony.

The Glasgow rock star led a march to the cliff top castle to the strains of Scots anthems played by youngsters from Lathallan School Pipe Band.

He was also treated to alive fireball swinging display by Stonehaven gran Lynn Callaghan, 53.

Jim said he had been overwhelmed by the warmth of his welcome and revealed all his family wanted to come to Stonehaven for the Hogmanay gig.

He said: “We are delighted to be asked to play in Stonehaven.I have been blown away by the show of enthusiasm in this little place and the way the people behind it really push their event.”

Asked about how Simple Minds was evolving after decades together he said: “I can honestly say we are sounding better than ever and I hope that will be the case on the night.”

Spokesman for Stonehaven Festivals and Events Committee, David Lawman, said: “This is simply a dream come true for us. We are thrilled and delighted these music legends have agreed to come to Stonehaven for our big Hogmanay party.”

“Last year when we revealed our plans, they said it couldn’t be done, but with a great deal of effort from our small but dedicated team of volunteers, we pulled it off in grand style, staging a Hogmanay party that was a complete sell-out and second only to Edinburgh.”

Events will also take place at the Stonehaven Town Hall December 30.