A late bid to re-instate the fireworks display at Glasgow Green is being launched.

The Glasgow Times revealed the event, which has not been held since 2019, was being scrapped again this year.

Now Green councillor, Anthony Carroll, wants the popular event put back on.

Glasgow Times:

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The motion to be debated this week at a full council meeting in the City Chambers is asking councillors to back the call to ask Glasgow Life, the council-owned body that organises the event, to think again.

It states: “The annual fireworks display at Glasgow Green was a highly anticipated annual event that the whole city was able to attend for free and was the only event of this type and that it would be a significant cultural loss to the city.”

Last week we reported how the Showmen’s Guild, who have traditionally provided fairground attractions at the display said they could organise the event, and at short notice.

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Jon White, of the Showmen’s Guild said it has always been a big event for him and others in the Showmen’s industry.

The display was cancelled in 2020 due to covid restrictions. It was cancelled in 2021 because it clashed with the COP 26 international summit in the city.

But last year and this it has been cancelled despite there being no public health or logistical reasons.

Glasgow Life said it is focused on other events and has no plans to organise the fireworks display in the future.

The Greens said that a professionally organised display is a better alternative to lots of small gatherings.

Carroll said: “Local communities face considerable disruption during this period with individual fireworks displays and that council have instructed work on the new legislative powers for 'no fireworks zones'.

“Fireworks generally cause significant hazard to animal health and for the fire service and as we move forward to consider restriction of private fireworks displays a public, free-to-access fireworks display is essential for Glasgow.”
With Guy Fawkes Night only ten days away from the meeting the councillor is asking for it to be dealt with urgently.

His ask is that the “Council instructs the Chief Executive to write to Glasgow Life to ask them to urgently reconsider the decision to abandon the public Fireworks display in Glasgow Green."