Your guide to the Fireballs

Without Marshals the event can not take place
Without Marshals the event can not take place

It’s all go around Stonehaven this Hogmanay as the famous Fireballs ceremony has been confirmed as a signature location.

Visit Scotland has marked the Fireballs one of the “‘must see’ Hogmanay events in Scotland and the UK.

It is Stonehaven’s unique way of welcoming in the New Year and is a gathering point for all the towns ‘ain folk’ and visitors alike.”

Philip Smith, regional director at VisitScotland, said: “I am thrilled that further Homecoming Scotland 2014 funding has been allocated to key events in the North-east, and will guarantee it is a year to remember in Aberdeen City and Shire.

“The eyes of the world will be on Scotland next year and every one of us needs to play our part in showing off our magnificent region on the global stage.

“This diverse line up of fantastic events will have something for everyone.

‘‘It will also help position the North-east as dynamic and creative, with a rich history, traditions and culture.”

Kevin Boyne, event organiser for the Fireballs, contacted the Leader to give everyone some advice on what to expect at new year.

He said: “On December 31 we will running the Fireball event as usual but with a couple of changes. One is that New St reet will be closed off to everyone apart from residents of the Old Town , who have all had letters to explain this position.

‘‘Also, the Old Town will be closed off to everyone entering from 11.40pm on the 31st until 12.10am on the 1st. Apart from the usual restrictions on the piers, it is business as usual for us.

“Anyone still wishing to be a marshall on the night is asked to be at St Bridget’s Hall at 8.30pm for a safety briefing - warm waterproof clothing and a torch are a must.

For further details contact or call 01569 762894.