PORTGORDON will be the first community in Moray to light up the night sky.
The village’s annual fireworks display takes place on Friday night (Oct 25).
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the committee have planned what they hope will be the biggest and best event ever.
Two members of the firing team completed a two day intensive training course, held in Inverurie by fireworks supplier Fireworx Scotland, which means Ian Legge and Kevin Gunn are now qualified stage one firers with the British Pyrotechnists Association.
Said Kenny Gunn, chair of the fireworks committee: "This allows our team to set off a professional display using a higher category of fireworks and with the use of electronic firing equipment this aims for a safer display for all involved."
Although the fireworks team in Portgordon started 22 years ago under the guidance of Ken Matthews, this is only the 20th anniversary as two events had to be cancelled.
Last year was also the first time they had to use a contingency plan. The weather was too poor with strong winds and rain so the organisers made the decision to postpone on the Friday and go ahead the next day when the weather had improved.
That option remains on the cards in the event of adverse weather again.
Added Kenny: "The sky will be a cauldron of beautiful colours and different patterns designed and thoughtfully created by Ian and Kevin."
The community event will also include funfair rides, burger vans, bottle stall and glow necklaces, flashing wands and rotating windmills for the children to buy.
"The committee are delighted with the donations provided by local businesses for the bottle stall and to Springfield Properties for the use of their safety fencing which needs to be erected around the harbour area, with the approval of Smiths Gore (Crown Estates) and The Moray Council."
Music will be provided by local DJ Paul T.
There will be an area for approximately 20 cars in the disabled parking area for Blue Badge holders near the builders’ yard down March Street where stewards will give directions.
Maynes Coaches of Buckie will be providing a park and ride service from the Buckie Drifter car park leaving at 6.30pm with three other collection points in Buckie then returning from outside Flicks Hairdressing Salon in Portgordon from 8pm. There will be a charge of £1 for the bus but it is hoped this will reduce congestion in the village.
Committee members and helpers will undertake a bucket collection on the night to help cover the cost of the fireworks.
For safety of others at the venue the organisers cannot allow any other fireworks, including sparklers into the zone and will not allow bicycles or skateboards on site while the event is running.
The event gets underway from 7pm with the fireworks launching from 7.15pm.
•For a chance to light up the Elgin fireworks next weekend, see ‘The Northern Scot’ - out now.