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Elgin’s bonfire snuffed out by coronavirus fears


By Lorna Thompson

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ELGIN’S popular bonfire and fireworks display will not be going ahead this November.

The Rotary Elgin council took the decision at a meeting on Monday, July 27.

The Rotary-run event at Cooper Park attracts around 5000 spectators every year.

Organisers announced the call-off due to concerns about the practicalities of managing thousands of spectators at night with the restrictions on physical distancing likely to continue for some time.

Neil Urquhart, fireworks team leader with Rotary Elgin, said: "Community safety is always a priority for Rotary events.

"Having reviewed current guidance for public gatherings, we’ve regrettably decided to cancel our 2020 fireworks display.

"These events are much-loved family occasions and we’re very grateful for the wonderful community support over many years, but we must put everyone’s safety and wellbeing first."

Rotary Elgin has announced the cancellation of this year's bonfire and fireworks at Cooper Park. Picture: Eric Cormack.
Rotary Elgin has announced the cancellation of this year's bonfire and fireworks at Cooper Park. Picture: Eric Cormack.

Club president Lorna Williamson said: "I know this will be a disappointing announcement for the many thousands of people who enjoy Rotary Elgin’s spectacular fireworks display each year but current Scottish Government guidance prevents large gatherings from taking place, and we do not know what the situation will be in November."

She added: "Rotary Elgin is very much about supporting and making a difference in the community, and in the testing times we are currently experiencing, we are on hand to provide help and support wherever possible.

"If your organisation feels that Rotary Elgin can provide assistance through our volunteers, then please get in touch with our club secretary via our website to see if we can help."

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