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Weather halts town fireworks display

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By Fiona Reid
Weather halts town fireworks display

A FIREWORKS display scheduled in Dumfries on Sunday has been cancelled due to poor weather.

The People’s Project had partnered with Dumfries Devorgilla Rotary Club to deliver the 15 to 17-minute display at Whitesands at 6 pm on Sunday.

Speaking on Friday, Rotary Club secretary Ken Asher said: “I’m afraid that the worsening weather forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening has left us with no option but to cancel the planned Dumfries Community Fireworks.

“We have been monitoring the weather position since early this week, and this morning received an unambiguous forecast from Geoff Monk at The Weather Centre, Laurieston.

“A deepening low pressure area will pass up the west coast of Ireland and Scotland from midday Sunday onwards into Monday, accompanied by heavy rain.

“Even more significantly, from the safety aspects of a fireworks display, there will be high winds with gusts to between 40 and 50 mph accompanying the rain.”

The display had been organised with backing from main sponsors sponsors David Hardie Engineering Ltd, and with Alba Printers, and with The People’s Project noting there had not been a community display in the town since 2012.

Mr Asher said: “Clearly the need to cancel is highly disappointing, given the efforts put in by so many to prepare for this, but we have little option given the clarity of the forecast and the potential to endanger volunteers and the public.

“Postponing within November is simply not an option, given the road closure procedural issues, but we will look to ‘roll on’ our planning and re-arrange for 2016.”

He added: “A huge thank you to all who have helped with preparations and supporting the event.”

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