Stonehaven Hogmanay concert called off due to ‘economic climate’

Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue at the previous Open Air in the Square
Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue at the previous Open Air in the Square

Stonehaven will be quieter this Hogmanay as ticket holders for this year’s Open Air in the Square concert were told it was cancelled.

An email was sent to people who purchased the early-bird tickets earlier this year. It read: “Dear Valued Guest, We are extremely disappointed to have to cancel this year’s event and therefore have refunded your ticket money.”

It went on to say that they had been “unable to secure sponsorship due to the economic climate” and signed off saying “we look forward to seeing you back in 2017”.

Early bird ticket holder Gary Bennett told the Leader that the money had been refunded into his account.

Committee member Lynn Callaghan confirmed that the event will not be going ahead due to the “economic climate” and “lack of sponsorship”.

“We can’t rely on ticket sales alone to cover the costs,” she said. “We are very disappointed.”

She added that they are open to trying to organise the show if sponsors come forward, but noted that it is unlikely by this point of the year to secure everything - however, the committee are hopeful to have the event up and running again next year.

Councillor Ian Mollison said: “Many people will be very disappointed as the event has been very popular.

“However it takes a great deal of work behind the scenes and in the current economic climate it must be all the more difficult. I do hope that it will be back in future years.”