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Great balls of fire footage needed for tower display

The Clock Tower was erected in the 1790s by public conscription on the instruction of the Magistrates of the Old Burgh of Barony. This was at the request of the Burgh Feuars, as a place in which to install the towns public clock and bell and would have been a central facility for the local community.

The Clock Tower was erected in the 1790s by public conscription on the instruction of the Magistrates of the Old Burgh of Barony. This was at the request of the Burgh Feuars, as a place in which to install the towns public clock and bell and would have been a central facility for the local community.

The Stonehaven Fireballs Association have appealed to anyone who might have film footage of the famous Hogmanay procession to get in touch.

Original footage is needed as part of a planned display in the clock tower on the High Street, which has been undergoing a huge refurbishment.

The exterior was worked on in the autumn of last year, and now the interior is nearing completion. A large screen will show old film and video footage, including that of the Fireballs ceremony.

Vice-chairman of the association, Martin Sim, said: “As the ceremony starts from the side of the clock tower so it seemed appropriate that the area inside should have some detail on the history of this unique event.

“The Fireball Association has quite an archive of assorted film and video clips but these are copies of the original footage or copies of copies of the originals.

‘‘What the company that is producing the finished display, Cinecosse, is wanting is access to the originals so that they can make the right kind of copy to produce a suitable programme. If anybody has footage of the Fireball Ceremony from any year - whether it is film or video - then it would be appreciated if they could get in touch by email to martinsim@talk21.com or telephoning 07779830768.”

The clock tower, built in 1790, was a much appreciated addition to the town. It housed the clock but also had a barometer and cisterns at ground level for water storage, creating an easily accessible point for local folk to draw water for household use.

Mr Sim added: “It gave the local population the time, what was happening to the weather and a constant source of water.

‘‘With the Market Cross being just in front it was the place where proclamations, announcements and declarations were made. So it really was the heart of the town.”

 

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