Ellon gets ready to party!

The Market Street car park will be transformed for the Gig at the Brig Hogmanay party.
The Market Street car park will be transformed for the Gig at the Brig Hogmanay party.

Ellon is preparing to party the night away tonight with another Hogmanay spectacular.

Hundreds of revellers are expected to descend on the town centre for Gig at the Brig.

A sparkling programme of entertainment has been lined up by organisers Ellon Events, which will get under way at 8pm and run until 1am.

First on stage are local bands Aye Doo followed by Glass Monkey, then it will be the turn of Ellon Royal British Legion Pipe Band.

Silver City Soul Revue take to the stage before the headline act The Dangleberries take the town into 2015 with their pipe rock tunes. There will be a break over the bells which will feature a dazzling fireworks display from the south side of the River Ythan.

Ellon Events chairman Wayne Baber said they were preparing for a great night.

He added: “We still have some tickets left for last minute decision-makers.

“We are hoping to have a similar crowd to last year which was more than 2000.

“At this stage the numbers are going up steadily but we’re expecting similar in the end.”

Costcutter, Delica, Skin Deep and the Buchan Hotel are still selling tickets and they can also be obtained online at https://www.facebook.com/ellon.hogmanayevent/app_153491221362738?ref=ts

Ellon Events will also have their ticket stall open in Neil Ross Square until 5pm today (Wednesday).

The group are hoping to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event which was widely praised.

Ellon and District Councillor Richard Thomson said: “Last year’s event was a great advert for Ellon, with some top-notch performers on the bill and a turnout to match.

“It would be fantastic if Gig at the Brig could become a permanent date in the Ellon calendar - I wish the organisers every success and hope that a good night out is had by all.”

Meanwhile, police are urging North-east revellers to plan ahead for their Hogmanay celebrations.

Aberdeenshire South local area commander, Chief Inspector Richard Craig, said: “The festive season is a fantastic period of the year and Hogmanay is a traditional time of celebration.

“We want to encourage people to enjoy themselves, have fun with their friends and family members but to be safe and responsible.

“Following a few simple tips can help to make the most of your evening out - arrive in plenty of time, plan your journey to and from the event and make sure you are dressed for the weather conditions.

“Being aware of your alcohol consumption, staying together with friends and looking after your valuables can help keep you safe at the busiest time of the year.”

As part of Police Scotland’s Safer Streets Initiative, additional officers will be on duty across Aberdeenshire during the celebrations.