Stirling Council has announced it’s plans to celebrate ‘Hogmanay from home’ due to the Covid-19 pandemic, including a fireworks display at the Wallace Monument which will be showcased on BBC.
The fireworks display at the monument, which was taken under council management earlier in the year, marks a collaboration between BBC Scotland and the local council to help Scotland mark the beginning of 2021.
Alongside the fireworks display which occurs at midnight on the BBC Scotland channel, Stirling residents will also have the opportunity to watch and be entertained by local venues on Stirling Events until 11:30pm.
Due to the current Covid-19 guidelines, mass gatherings are not possible so Stirling Council will also host a digital concert on the council’s venue social media and the events website.
The digital concert will pay tribute to and showcase local residents who have helped their community during 2020 with some help from famous faces.
Commenting on the announcement, the Convener of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane said: “It is fantastic news that the BBC has chosen Stirling to help bring in the New Year, and our fireworks display will help usher in 2021 for people across Scotland in a spectacular but safe way.
“It has been a challenging year but there are still so many things to celebrate in terms of the way that our communities have responded to the worst health crisis that we’ve experienced in our lifetime, and the resilience that we have shown to come through it.”
Councillor Scott Farmer explained that the Council “wanted to create a Hogmanay spectacle that allowed all of our communities to still come together via virtual channels” and urged people to follow the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 guidance, which does not permit mass gatherings indoors or outside.
A BBC spokesperson said: “Hogmanay is a time when audiences always join us in huge numbers and this year Susan Calman will be joined by Deacon Blue, Amy MacDonald, Blazin Fiddles and guests for our Hogmanay 2020 show.
“We’re delighted also, that as part of that, we’ll show the fireworks from the Wallace Monument for a special midnight moment, with a little help from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.”
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