Evening Telegraph

Council in discussions to close off local road and host ‘family friendly’ New Year street party

An Arbroath man has set his sights on hosting a Hogmanay celebration in the town centre.

George Ferrie, a fitness and martial arts instructor, is hopeful his plans to shut off part of High Street will get off the ground, and is in discussions with  the council about the event.

George Ferrie is hoping Angus Council will get behind his Hogmanay street party plan.George, 59, who previously worked in door security, is planning to sell tickets for £10 to cover the costs, and is hopeful local bands will be able to perform.

George said: “The plan is there will be bands playing, a singer bringing in the New Year and a DJ playing good Scottish and uplifting music. I’m hoping there will be some of the cafes in the street remaining open and a couple of burger vans.

“I’ve been in touch with council leader David Fairweather and am looking now to speak to the council and Police Scotland to get the go ahead for shutting off the street.”

George said his plan is to shut off the street between the Steeple and Commerce Street.

He added: “The £10 ticket price would cover the costs of toilets, security and the bands. If there’s any money left over then that would be donated to charity.

I think it will cost around £5,000 to host so we really need people to support it, but a lot of folk have already shown interest and are looking for tickets.

“Anyone under 12 would get in free so it will be a real family friendly event.

“There hasn’t been anything in Arbroath at New Year for a lot of years so this would be a great event for the town.”

Councillor Fairweather confirmed discussions had taken place, but added that nothing has been finalised at this stage.

A council spokesman said: “A further meeting will be arranged with the safe events team in the next few weeks.”