There will be no fireworks display at Clickimin next week owing to a shortage of volunteers to help organise the event that has been run for years by Islesburgh Pyrotechnic Display Club.
Chairwoman Nancy Hunter told The Shetland Times that the club members were bitterly disappointed not to stage the show which has been enjoyed by thousands since it moved to Clickimin from the Gilbertson Park.
Mrs Hunter said that it had been an increasing struggle in recent years to find people to organise the event and provide stewarding which has been undertaken on an entirely voluntary basis.
She said: “We’d just like to emphasise how really grateful we are to the volunteers, Sonia Inkster, John Bulter and Andrew Anderson and those on the crew who have done an awful lot of organisation.”
Historically, the many groups that were associated with Islesburgh were on hand to provide a good number of volunteers each, but as these had dwindled in number, it had been harder and harder to staff the event.
The pyrotechnic club firework crew will continue to handle the technical aspects of events including fireworks at Sandwick Social Club on Tuesday and at the Ness on Saturday. She added that the club would be happy to stage the Lerwick event again if another group could step in to undertake the organisational chores.
Because of the scale of the Lerwick display, it has required the involvement of dozens of people including stewards, the Red Cross and emergency services.
Mrs Hunter said: “In previous years we have done things like going on the radio to try and get a separate committee set up to organise it, but we never managed to get enough people to do that. We just will not be able to have a show this year and we would love to be able to have it.”
She added that it was unlikely there would now be any organised fireworks in Lerwick before Christmas.