Fireworks costing thousands of pounds which were meant to be for Aberdeen’s cancelled bonfire night display won’t be reused.
Thousands of people were left disappointed after Aberdeen City Council cancelled the eagerly-anticipated event amid safety concerns due to the weather.
The prospect of 45mph winds prompted the council to call off the event.
Around £40,000 was spent on stewards as well as toilet and catering facilities ahead of the display.
But it has now emerged the fireworks, costing an additional £7,500, were returned to the firm providing them and won’t be used after not being used for the city’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations.
Crowds gathered on Union Bridge, Union Terrace and Schoolhill on Hogmanay to take in the views and bring in the bells to mark the start of another year.
Put on by experienced Inverurie-based firm Fireworx Scotland, the display was a Hogmanay highlight for many on the night.
But finance convener Willie Young today said it’s not a simple solution to use the fireworks for major events like this.
He added safety not money is paramount for the local authority.
Cllr Young said: “What we have to remember is it’s not like going into the back garden and taking the fireworks out of a packet and using them.
“The ones used in sequence take a lot of hours and manpower to get what we want.
“The fireworks on bonfire night are exactly the same.
It’s not easy to simply swap them over. It’s unfortunate this has happened.
“We can’t help the weather or help health and safety.
“It’s more important nobody has been injured rather than thinking about the money issue.”