Plans are well advanced to deliver Ellon’s second Hogmanay party.
Organisers of Gig at the Brig have been given a boost with a grant of £4000 by councillors.
And they have revealed that preparations for this year’s celebrations are ahead of last year.
Formartine Area Committee approved the funding at their meeting last week.
Earlier this year, councillors awarded Ellon Events £2500 from the area homecoming budget towards the New Year party.
At the same time, the committee requested that the organisers provide an update on progress around September.
Ellon Events spokesman Wayne Baber said the £4000 grant was a fantastic boost for the event.
He told the Times: “We are delighted to have secured this funding which shows the support of our local councillors again this year.
“Plans are far more advanced than they were at this time last year for an even better event. We have made improvements in several areas, most noticeably in the bar capacity.
“We are also excited about the line-up for this year. We expect a really fun-filled family friendly atmosphere once again.
“A main sponsorship deal with J M Taylor helps to show the support that we have from local business.”
The first Gig at the Brig was rated a huge success with thousands crowding the town centre to bring in the New Year.
The headline act was The Voice USA finalist Terry McDermott, who is from Pitmedden.
This year’s event will be headlined by Dumfries pipe rock band The Dangleberries, who are favourites on the festival circuit.
Silver City Review will be making a return and will be supported by local performer Chloe Milne and the band Glass Monkey.
Tickets for the Gig at the Brig 2014 are on sale in Costcutter and Delica and can also be obtained online at ellon.events.com