The Stonehaven Fireballs Association is to hold its AGM on Wednesday, March 26, in the Sea Cadets Unit at 7.30pm.
The entire committee and office bearers are up for re-election as usual, so it can be a chance for any paid up member of the Association to be voted onto the committee. The Association was formed in 2002 when increasing responsibilities meant that running the event was more than one or two people could handle.
In the following 11 years, under the chairmanship of Martin Sim, Alan Venters and now Susan Leiper, the Association set up a website, researched the history of the event, produced postcards, t-shirts, sweatshirts and set up a database of nearly 180 current and previous swingers. The continued support of many enthusiastic people has made all of this possible. New faces are always welcome as they can often bring fresh ideas and focus. The ‘known’ history of the event only goes back as far as 1908 when it is mentioned in the Stonehaven Journal, but it would seem it was already an established custom by then. Anecdotal evidence supports the possibility that the ceremony started in the mid 1800s but as to why and by whom - that is lost in the mists of time. What is undisputed is the fact that since 1908 )not including 1917 & 1918 as well as from 1940-1945 inclusive) on the first stroke of midnight on December 31 every year, local people of the town have swung their fireballs, walking the same route, putting their feet into the same footprints as their forefathers. If you’d like to become part of the organisation, as an ordinary member, or become more involved pop along.