18 September 2020
Fireworks 2020 Cancellation
After careful consultation with our emergency services partners and also in light of only an indicative date being set for “certain outdoor live events” to be permitted from 5 October, this uncertainty has led us to the decision to cancel Falkirk Community Trust’s annual fireworks display at Callendar Park this year.
We have come to this decision after carefully assessing the current COVID-19 pandemic and considering the impact such a decision may have on our key partners such as Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Scotland and the Ambulance service, as such a cancellation may adversely affect their operations on the evening of the 5th of November. All parties are of the view that the risk of COVID-19 far outweigh the potential risks of injuries from fireworks being set off throughout the community. Although we understand that not going ahead with the event may be disappointing for many, we believe that the local community at large and regular attenders alike will fully understand that placing a large group of people together, even in an outdoor space, is too much of a risk to the health of the public.
We have made this decision with the safety of our customers and staff as our utmost priority and we look forward to putting on a fantastic show in 2021.
Maureen Campbell OBE, Chief Executive for Falkirk Community Trust said “We are sorry that we have had to cancel the event this year and trust that those who had been looking forward to attending thoroughly understand the reasons for the cancellation. We understand that this may put additional pressure on emergency services, but we must place the public health risk due to COVID-19 as our top priority and help to protect the public and our staff alike. We therefore encourage members of the public to consider how they might otherwise commemorate this annual event in as safe a manner as possible.”