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Portgordon fireworks display cancelled amid Covid concerns


By Alan Beresford

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PORTGORDON'S annual fireworks extravaganza has once again fallen victim to the Covid pandemic.

Portgordon fireworks display will not be lighting up the sky above the village later this year. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Portgordon fireworks display will not be lighting up the sky above the village later this year. Picture: Becky Saunderson

The volunteer committee which organises the display has announced they have reluctantly decided to postpone the event, which usually takes place at the end of October, on safety grounds.

Committee chairman Kenny Gunn said: "It is with heavy hearts we break the news that we shall not be going ahead with our intended fireworks display in October 2021.

"We realise the Portgordon fireworks mean a lot to everyone but it's purely down to our group knowing about social distancing and the possible reoccurrence of Covid as we enter the later part of the year.

"Other bigger events like the Keith and Turriff Shows, The Buckie Christmas Kracker and others have all been abandoned for 2021 too and we can only hope that with everyone being vaccinated against Covid that infection rates will again drop.

We also have incurred expenses without even putting off any pyro as we pay public liability insurance and we have secured an extension to our public entertainment licence from the Moray Council which we are grateful for.

"The committee is really sorry to have to bring this news to you – we wanted to let people know as soon as possible."


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