Good response in Fireballs marshal search

Stonehaven's Fireball Ceremony is a staple of Hogmanay
Stonehaven's Fireball Ceremony is a staple of Hogmanay

The fireballs organisers had a good response to pleas for marshals for the famous Stonehaven Hogmanay Fireballs ceremony.

It may seem like a while off yet but behind the scenes plans are well underway with organisers still looking for a dozen volunteers to come forward.

The organisers are looking for more volunteers than the minimum needed to be on the safe side.

The Fireballs ceremony traditionally takes place on the strike of midnight each Hogmanay, and thousands turn out to watch the procession of fireball swingers as they march down Stonehaven’s High Street.

The Fireballs Committee are kept busy all year preparing for the event with the Mearns Leader running an article at the start of October about the need for volunteers to come forward. In order to become eligible to swing a fireball in future years, you must volunteer as a marshal first. Organisers have stressed that those who plan on spending Hogmanay in Stonehaven should either attend the Fireballs, or Open Air in the Square concert in the town’s Market Square, which is being headlined this year by Scottish pop favourites Deacon Blue, and not try to go to both, as this can cause problems with crowd control.