Fife Council has stumped up extra funding to ensure the town’s cash-strapped fireworks display will go with a bang rather than a whimper.
It had looked increasingly likely that the free attraction, one of the biggest annual public events held in Glenrothes, was to be significantly scaled down after the council offered £5000 towards the costs of staging this year’s display.
The previous year it had saved the event from being cancelled with £15,000 of emergency funding, but had vowed that the public, businesses and local community organisations would have to play a great er role if the long-standing event was to have a future
Now the council have committed a further £3000 from its community events budget to bolster the event.
Now with £1400 left from 2015, and £500 committed by North Glenrothes Community Council, the display has been significantly strengthened.
Go Glenrothes were approached to donate £3000 but instead also committed £500.
Norman Laird, Glenrothes area manager welcomed the news, but warned that the public would need to a make a greater contribution if the display was to survive.
“This event in future will be highly dependent upon increasing voluntary support or sponsorship,” said Mr Laird.
“Those groups who have made a contribution this year are to be commended and the voluntary effort by volunteers to make this event a success are greatly appreciated.”
The display takes place at Gilvenbank Park, Glenrothes on November 4, from 7pm.