Volunteers from Linlithgow Rugby Club are gearing up for one of their biggest nights of the season – the annual fireworks display.
The town’s display will once again take place at the home of the club at Mains Park and the team of volunteer ‘firers’ have been working feverishly behind the scenes to make sure the event goes off with a bang.
The club has been running the event for the past 23 years and preparations are well in hand ahead of the 7.30pm start on Bonfire Night.
Officials say this year will be bigger and better than previous as the firers have been given further training from fireworks supplier 21CC and are now certificated to fire more spectacular fireworks in the display.
A club spokesperson said: “As a community club, we are proud once again to be staging this family event, one of the biggest events of the year in Linlithgow outwith the Marches.
“We can usually expect 2500 people to come along and enjoy themselves. We would like to thank the 60-plus club volunteers and others, especially the outlets selling the tickets for their hard work.
“With rugby games on the same day at Mains Park, the pressure is on and with youth games on the Sunday the tidy-up will be important as well.
“The club would also like to thank Linlithgow’s councillors for their donations through disbursement funds for this town event.”
You can save money through buying your ticket in advance. Advance tickets are £10 for a family of five and £4 for individual ones.
Entry on the night will cost £15 per family and £5 for individual. The tickets are now on sale at the Spar shop (Linlithgow Bridge), The News Shop, Far from the Madding Crowd, Norman Cummings, Alexanders in Preston Road, The Braehead Shop, The Dolphin Snack Bar, or at the rugby club.
The spokesperson added: “There will be the usual array of ‘glow in the dark’ toys for children, hot and cold drinks, soup, burgers and hot dogs on sale.
“We urge people to make sure they have their ticket. Make things easy and buy it in advance, then come along and have a great time.”
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is urging people to attend organised Guy Fawkes events to prevent unnecessary accidents.
Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, the SFRS director of prevention and protection, said: “We want everyone who celebrates Bonfire Night to have a great time without inviting trauma and tragedy.
“The best thing people can do to keep themselves, their families and others safe is to choose only to attend official and organised events, which are also far more spectacular than any do-it-yourself fireworks display or an illegal bonfire.”