Fireworks displays raise cash for good causes

Fireworks display and family fun day  at Milngavie and Bearsden Sports Club, Auchenhowie, Milngavie'Stevie Loggie age 7, Anna Mitchell age 4 and Darcey Loggie age 5'Photo by Emma Mitchell'4/11/13
Fireworks display and family fun day at Milngavie and Bearsden Sports Club, Auchenhowie, Milngavie'Stevie Loggie age 7, Anna Mitchell age 4 and Darcey Loggie age 5'Photo by Emma Mitchell'4/11/13

Partygoers in the district were spoilt for choice on Saturday as Milngavie held two fireworks displays to raise much needed cash for charity.

Milngavie and Bearsden Sports club held its display at Auchenhowie from 2.30pm which was mainly aimed at families with very young children.

The family fun day culminated with a firework display at 6.30pm, although torrential rain damped the spirits a little bit.

Milngavie and Highland Bearsden Games organised a family fun evening with its fireworks display at 8pm.

Simon Foy, business development manager for the sports club display, said: “The weather was beyond bad, but we still managed to have a good time. I reckon about 600 people turned and we are hoping to raise around £300 for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.

“All things considered it was quite a success with bouncy castles, stall, face-painting and some indoor activities like archery.”

He added that next year he hoped to do the same thing - with better weather.

Meanwhile as the sports club’s event was winding down the Highland Games event was getting into full swing. Organised on very much the same family friendly lines with stalls and a number of fun rides, although aimed at a slightly older age group of youngster, they were a little luckier with the weather.

Organiser Alan Oliver said: “Luckily it stopped raining about 7.30pm and was dry for the actual display. The highlight for me was definitely the display which went on for about 20 minutes. It was spectacular and I would especially like to thank West of Scotland rugby for giving us the use of their ground free.”

The event is expected to raise about £2,000 for Funding Neuro - a charity that funds research into neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Residents of Westerton also held a fireworks display on Saturday with family fun and games throughout the afternoon with hot food and special Hallowe’en themed cocktails in the licensed bar in Westerton Tennis Club.