Around 13,000 people descended upon Stonehaven on Hogmanay to see Deacon Blue at Open Air in the Square and the traditional Fireballs.
Open Air in the Square had 4000 people attend the 4th event and Deacon Blue didn’t disappoint.
An Open Air in the Square Spokesperson, said: “Everybody behind the scene’s at Open Air in the Square did a fantastic job and worked hard to pull off a show of this scale in Stonehaven.
“Despite some concerns of the bar’s queue length the feedback from attendee’s has been very positive with one crowd member commenting on Facebook saying: ‘Fantastic night, didn’t think you could top Simple Minds but you certainly did! Deacon blue can still rock it after all these years’.”
Deacon Blue, Lorraine & The Borderlands, The Supernaturals, Supa & Da Kryptonites and battle of the band winners Rollin Drones all rocked Stonehaven into 2016.
Lorraine and the Borderlands said: “Thank you to the fantastic audience, organisers and all the other great bands at the OAITS last night. We had such a brilliant night. Wishing you all a cracker of a New Year.”
At the Fireballs over 9000 made their way to the Auld Toon to see the fiery spectacle. This year saw 43 swingers taking part with 10 first time swingers, including Erin, Harriet and Samantha Simpson who we highlighted last week. George Emslie was the Lead Swinger this year. Swingers are chosen from the pool of volunteers who help the Fireballs Association throughout the year. Each swinger makes their own Fireball and decides on its size, weight and contents.
Ross Milne on the Fireballs Committee, said: “I’d like to thank the public for their donations, but also everyone involved in making the event a success: our volunteer marshals and all the members of the Fireballs Association who work hard all year to put on a good show for a couple of hours on Hogamanay.
“Despite the low tide, all the balls were flung into the harbour and successfully removed in time for the New Years dip the following day.”