Stonehaven’s highly anticipated Hogmanay party is almost here, and the excitement is growing as the town prepares to welcome Simple Minds for the special event. The concert, which has been organised by the Open Air in the Square volunteer committee, will kick off the 2014 Year of Homecoming in Scotland in style.
And the ambitious project, which is to cost organisers more than £295,000 received a funding boost of £5,000 this week to help meet a £50,000 shortfall after ticket sales didn’t meet the costs of putting on the event.
Members of Kincardine and Mearns area committee agreed to commit £5,000 of the £10,000 Homecoming budget to supporting the event. The money is there for projects which will attract visitors and promote the area in 2014. All of the members agreed that it was a worthwhile cause, however Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Councillor Wendy Agnew warned that organisers may have to increase ticket prices if there is another similar event in the future. She said: “I support this grant, but it could be that the organisers are pricing their tickets too low. There is quite a big shortfall, and anyone business-minded would suggest increasing ticket prices in the future.”