Back with a bang – fireworks display returns
Lerwick’s fireworks display will make a return next month, following last year’s absence from the town’s events calendar.
In a change from the usual location, the display will take place at the Knab instead of Clickimin. Before now the fireworks have been ignited at the now defunct campsite.
Parking will be available at the large multi-court car park at the corner of Knab Road and Gressy Loan. Organisers say disabled parking will also be available on the hard standing area immediately to the south of the skate park and coastguard station.
The display will not, as tradition dictates, be held on Guy Fawkes night itself. Instead, the event is being planned for Saturday 1st November.
A temporary traffic order will prohibit parking on the section of Knab Road between Church Road and Breiwick Road.
Access to the viewing areas will be from Knab Road, Gressy Loan or the golf course path from the Breiwick Road end.
It follows the cancellation of last year’s Guy Fawkes event, run by Islesburgh Pyrotechnic Display Club, due to a shortage of volunteers.
In a statement from member Andrew Anderson, the club said the work of volunteers was key to the event taking place.
“It is important to note that the event would not be possible without the help and support of volunteer stewards.”
He stressed Shetland Islands Council does not contribute financially to the display. The cost of this year’s event, he said, will largely be met by cash donations from local businesses, monies from the cash collection on the night, a grant from Lerwick Community Council and funds from the club itself.