The organisers of Fireworks Against Cancer 2016 have said that this year’s event was a great success, with perfect weather and great support from a host of street food traders and a good humoured crowd of over 3,000 people who enjoyed a fantastic evening’s entertainment.
The annual fireworks display is held to support the UCAN urological cancer support charity based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Buchan community radio, live broadcasting for the first time during the evening were a great addition to the event and host DJ Ronnie Arthur kept the crowds amused with a great selection of music and fun.
The firework section of the evening included a super Son & Lumière production of complementary music with this year’s theme based on orchestral and vocal gaming music, enjoyed and recognised by all age groups.
Hot drinks, fish & chips, burgers, cakes, confectionery & doughnuts, plus lots of glow toys were all on sale throughout the event with profits from the traders all contributing to the fund raising.
Gates opened at 4.30 and as darkness fell, the gathering crowds were entertained by the impressive Aberdeen University Circus Arts & Fire Skills Society with fire juggling, fire eating and some great fire inspired circus magic.
This year the addition of 3 fun fair rides courtesy of Spencer’s proved really popular and plans are already under way for an extension of early afternoon entertainment along with a bigger presence of trade stalls & activities to maintain the event’s popularity.
Miss Grampian Galaxy Emma Watson was on hand to ensure the countdown went to plan and speaking on behalf of UCAN, Mr Alasdair Brodie said a few words about the charity and how it has helped transform the lives of many patients and their families dealing with life changing and often fatal urological cancers.
The event is run entirely on sponsorship so that all donations can go directly to the UCAN fund. This year’s firework sponsors were Masson Glennie Peterhead & Fraserburgh, Lovie Quarry & Concrete products Cowbog, Longley’s Country Store Maud and of course Fireworx Scotland.
Administration costs were met by Katrina Reid Photography, IV Horse and East Balthangie Caravan Park all based around Turriff. Many of the North East’s local traders all helped with some great prizes for the Tombola stall. Top prize of a restaurant meal for six courtesy of Celebrations of Turriff was won by Rossie George of Turriff.
John Burdon spokesman for Fireworks Against Cancer in aid of UCAN, the event organisers said
We had a terrific turnout again this year and in total we raised £4,117.97 and one smiley supermarket trolley token! The evening is now firmly established as a calendar event and we look forward to meeting visitors old and new at the next firework spectacular on October 21st 2017.
In the three years the event has been held and with the help of all involved including visitor donations, Fireworks Against Cancer has raised over £10,000 for UCAN.
A big thank you to everyone once again. Anyone interested in helping at the event, with event sponsorship & associate sponsorship, or general comments to improve and expand the activities during the evening can contact us via our Facebook page.