Stonehaven Hogmanay 2014 pictures

The bells then saw the start of the Fireballs ceremony with swingers parading up and down the High Street before extinguishing the fireballs in the harbour waters. 'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
The bells then saw the start of the Fireballs ceremony with swingers parading up and down the High Street before extinguishing the fireballs in the harbour waters. 'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
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This year’s Hogmanay celebrations in Stonehaven saw Open Air in the Square and the Fireballs wow large crowds.

Some 46 fireball swingers took part in this year’s traditional spectacular, with thousands of people descending on the High Street to celebrate at the bells.

The bells then saw the start of the Fireballs ceremony with swingers parading up and down the High Street before extinguishing the fireballs in the harbour waters.  'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

The bells then saw the start of the Fireballs ceremony with swingers parading up and down the High Street before extinguishing the fireballs in the harbour waters. 'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Stonehaven Fireballs posted on their facebook page right after the event: “Well, folks , that’s it for another year . A huge thank to all our committee, volunteers and all the other agencies that pull together to make our wee show possible.”

Up to 3000 people were in the Market Square to watch top performers, The Human League, along with the Peatbog Faeries, Carrie Mac and Emily Middlemas take to the stage.

The Leader caught a quick word with Emily after her set, and she said: “It was absolutely amazing being up there.

“The crowd were really good and this town has been great to me. I was walking about earlier and it is such a lovely place.”

The bells then saw the start of the Fireballs ceremony with swingers parading up and down the High Street before extinguishing the fireballs in the harbour waters. 'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

The bells then saw the start of the Fireballs ceremony with swingers parading up and down the High Street before extinguishing the fireballs in the harbour waters. 'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

The organisers of Stonehaven’s Open Air in the Square have said this year was an ‘absolute ball’ and have already turned their attentions to next year.

A spokesperson said: “Despite the slow start to ticket sales - and despite the malicious rumours being spread by some sad individuals that the event was to be cancelled - everyone had an absolute ball.

“The Human League praised the hard work put in by the organisers, who in turn presented them with souvenirs of Stonehaven to take back to Sheffield.

‘‘The highlight of their gig was, of course, ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby’ with the crowd singing along and ‘Peter Pawlett Baby’ placards being displayed in windows overlooking the square.

The bells then saw the start of the Fireballs ceremony with swingers parading up and down the High Street before extinguishing the fireballs in the harbour waters. 'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

The bells then saw the start of the Fireballs ceremony with swingers parading up and down the High Street before extinguishing the fireballs in the harbour waters. 'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

“The Peatbog Faeries did a fantastic job bringing in The Bells and had the crowd jumping and reeling with their special blend of bagpipe-led Celtic fusion.

“In spite of all the stress and anxiety involved, the organisers are already looking towards next year - and setting their sights even higher.”

The spokesperson added that, despite the last-minute success, the event would not have paid for itself and they were still looking for funding from possible benefactors.

n Who do you want to see take to the stage at Open air in the Square 2015? Send your views to news@mearnsleader.com or tweet us @themearnsleader.

Pictured Susan Ann Sulley and Philip Oakey of The Human League. 'Stonehaven's Open Air In The Square saw The Human League supported by The Peatbog Faeries, rising Scots singing star Carrie Mac and the "baby" of this year's X Factor talent contest Emily Middlemas take to the stage in the town's square. 'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Pictured Susan Ann Sulley and Philip Oakey of The Human League. 'Stonehaven's Open Air In The Square saw The Human League supported by The Peatbog Faeries, rising Scots singing star Carrie Mac and the "baby" of this year's X Factor talent contest Emily Middlemas take to the stage in the town's square. 'Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Pictures by Andy Thompson.