Safety first message as Moray readies for Bonfire Night

Portgordon Fireworks last week - now its party time in Elgin and Forres (pic: David Robertson)
Portgordon Fireworks last week – now its party time for other Moray displays (pic: David Robertson)

FIRE AND RESCUE services are prepared for another busy fireworks season as domestic and organised displays are set to light up Moray over the next few days.

The senior fire officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray is keen that everyone has an enjoyable time regardless if they are attending large organised displays or small events in their own gardens – but asks that everyone sticks to the rules and puts safety above all other considerations.

In Moray the season got under way last week in spectacular fashion but the main thrust of displays will be over the next few days, with Saturday evening seeing the largest crowds gather at Spynie Palace, Cooper Park in Elgin and Grant Park in Forres.

The displays at all three venues is set to take place at 7pm with spectators asked to be there at least half an hour earlier.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service officer David Rout said: “We want everyone to celebrate on November 5 and have fun – but in a safe manner that does not require the attendance of the emergency services.

“My message is simple – be safe, not sorry. When our crews are called to attend bonfires it means we have to divert from other emergencies and life-threatening calls, calls that could end tragically for anyone who needs our urgent help.”