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One of the North-east’s most popular Hogmanay celebrations is celebrating a partnership funding deal from Stewart Milne Homes which will help secure the event’s future until 2021.
Stonehaven’s world-famous Fireballs event has received on-going support from Stewart Milne Homes after the house-builder sponsored the event.
By 2021, the Westhill-based firm will have sponsored the event for five years and helped organisers – Stonehaven Fireballs Association – to delight thousands of spectators in what continues to be a free event.
The on-going success of the Hogmanay celebrations in the North-east town is reliant on the many volunteers, local businesses and residents, however, with this significant funding and support now confirmed, the popularity of the Fireballs event is expected to continue to grow, with visitors from around the world flocking to witness the traditional ceremony.
Last year’s event saw around 12,000 spectators watch 45 fireball swingers proceed down the High Street at midnight, accompanied by bagpipers and performers, before throwing fireballs into the harbour.
Neil Thomson, Construction Director at Stewart Milne Homes, said: “Stewart Milne Homes has a long and successful association with Stonehaven with our Redcloak, Braehead and Glenury developments.
“As we look ahead to a new community at Dunnottar Park, we want to continue playing our part in making Stonehaven one of the most desirable places to live in the North-east by supporting the Stonehaven Fireballs. As a local supporter of this world-famous event, I am delighted Stewart Milne Homes are able to help in this way”.
“The Stonehaven Fireballs Association is delighted with the support that Stewart Milne Homes has given the event,” added Ross Milne, Committee Chair of Stonehaven Fireballs Association.
“To commit to a total of five years sponsorship is outstanding in this day and age and shows real dedication; not only to the Fireballs ceremony, but also to the local community. This financial boost from Stewart Milne Homes, along with the continued support and assistance from many local businesses, will keep the Fireballs burning brightly for years to come.”