No fireworks or fair as island feels the pinch

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The year 2012 looks unlikely to go out with a bang as there is no cash to put on a fireworks display.

The Hogmanay event, organised by the Stornoway Amenity Trust, is not expected to take place this year as they have not been able to find a sponsor to supply the £5,000 needed for the end of year party.

Also the Funfair will not be coming to Stornoway at Christmas for the same reason they cut short this summer visit. The Comhairle have refused them access to South Beach Car Park and instead the fair has been offered the site of the former Stornoway Shellfish Building, which they find unacceptable.

Nevertheless, the Amenity Trust are ploughing ahead with plans for a scaled down Christmas celebration and although there will be less lights in the town, they are to focus efforts on making the very centre of Stornoway extra special.

A spokesperson for the Amenity Trust said: “There is even less money around this year but we are hoping to make the town centre look as good as possible and we hope that the public will come out and support the event on December ?? when the lights are switched on.”

“At the moment it looks like we won’t be able to put on a fireworks display but if there are any businesses who might be interested in sponsoring the event, please get in touch with the Amenity Trust.”

Let us know what you think about this situation – should the Comhairle bend the rules to allow the Fair to come to town? Are you disappointed that the fireworks display looks unlikely this year?

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