Bonfire bother as firework show fizzles

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As rain threatened last Saturday’s traditional fireworks display fuses were lit early which fired up people who missed the show.

According to posters placed round the town by Campbeltown firefighters, the fire would be lit at 7pm with the firework display due to start at 8pm.

At 6.12pm a post on Campbeltown’s Fire Station Facebook page read: ‘Due to weather conditions, we plan on lighting the bonfire around 7pm and setting the fireworks off at approximately 7.30pm.’

On the page, Rebecca Harvey wrote: ‘What a shame this was changed so late in the day!! We’ve just arrived in from Tayinloan to catch the very end, disappointed nephews!’

Campbeltown Fire Station replied: ‘Thanks for your comment Rebecca, we have to say the correct decision was made due to weather conditions.

‘The bonfire was lit on schedule at 7pm with just the fireworks being brought forward by the half hour as by 8pm the weather had turned against us.’

Emma Byers agreed with Mrs Harvey and wrote: ‘I wouldn’t agree that the time change was advertised in plenty of time for everyone to see.

‘Posting on Facebook one hour before the event doesn’t give people travelling in from the surrounding villages very much time and people also don’t check Facebook constantly.

‘I had a couple of very disappointed wee boys who missed it.’

In response, Katie McSporran wrote:’I have to disagree with you. The decision was made unanimously for the safety of all and as the turnout was great, the news from Facebook did get through in plenty time.

‘What did you expect the organisers/volunteers to do? Send “smoke” signals?’

From left: members of Dalintober Residents’ Association  Steve Byrne and Cathy Duncan with Cathy’s daughter Jackie Ross at the fire. 25_c45bonfirenight02_Steve_Byrne_Cathy_Duncan_Jackie_Ross