Edzell’s skies to light up with fireworks

Edzell will be holding their annual fireworks display on November 2.
Edzell will be holding their annual fireworks display on November 2.

Remember, remember the second of November, when Edzell Village Improvement Society will be holding their annual bonfire night.

Each year, on the Saturday nearest November 5 (this year on November 2), the effigy of Guy Fawkes is burnt on the bonfire at Edzell Muir in recognition of his part in the failed ‘Gunpowder plot’ on the House of Lords in 1605.

Local school children get the chance to take part in the tradition of preparing the ‘Guy’ by carefully making it at school.

Food at the event will be warm soup, donated by local villagers, or burgers on rolls from the local butcher and shops.

An event organised, run and enjoyed by local people for local people, this traditional bonfire has entertained young children and not so young children for decades - but it relies on your support to maintain its existence.

Unlike larger villages and towns that have discontinued this tradition due to changes in health and safety and financial challengers, Edzell has continued to support the bonfire and firework night.

Due to the popularity o f this event, Edzell villagers are asking visitors to respect their access to their driveways when parking in the village to ensure no-one becomes blocked.

There will be no parking at the Muir, to ensure revellers safety.

There will be disabled parking provided at Edzell Primary School car park.

A spokesperson for EVIS said: “For such an event to function it relies solely on the good will of the dedicated few who ‘shake’ the buckets that go round on the night looking for funding from the spectators.”

Suggesting you think about reducing the congestion and parking issues and enjoy a bus ride with the other revellers, they continued: “Why not take the 6.05 p.m. 21A bus to Edzell and 8.28 p.m. bus home for a family fun night out?

“Or why not come eat in the village before the fireworks displays in the cafes and hotels and make a night of it?

“The event is on Saturday, November 2, and the bonfire is ignited at 6.30 p.m. and the fireworks display commences at 6.45 p.m.

“This is an event run for you however, it needs to be funded by you.

“Please dig deep in your pockets this year for the event to continue.”

EVIS, a charity which provides the funding and administration for the display, comprises a collection of dedicated and tireless volunteers.

To organise and run this well engineered bonfire and display takes meticulous preparation by the organisers and the costs for fireworks, insurance and materials are high and getting higher each year.

EVIS can only recoup those costs through donations from the public on the night so when you see someone shaking a donation bucket, be sure to throw in the heavy coins or, better yet, some notes.

Following on from this event EVIS will be holding a Christmas Extravaganza on Friday, December 6, when local crafters, shops and groups offering items for sale to make ideal Christmas presents.

There will late night shopping in Edzell’s shops and Santa will be in his grotto.