Lighting up the night sky above the iconic National Wallace Monument, the Council’s annual firework display was the showpiece event on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay show with Susan Calman.
As the bells chimed, Stirling’s amazing light show and fireworks display, delivered by pyrotechnics experts 21cc Group, ushered Scotland into the New Year with a unique and special display reflecting on the challenging year just gone in, and looking ahead to more positive times in 2021.
Shown live on BBC Scotland
A special soundtrack from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, showcasing music from legendary Scottish artists including Texas, Calvin Harris, Lewis Capaldi, Annie Lennox, Emeli Sande, and Dougie MacLean, serenaded the firework display as it was screened live on the BBC, helping the nation ring in “Hogmanay from Home”.
Convener of Stirling’s Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane, said: “Our fireworks display provided a spectacular and safe way for people across Scotland to ring in the bells from the safety of their own living rooms.
“The spectacle of the fireworks lighting up the sky above the National Wallace Monument was truly a sight to behold, and it was fantastic that the whole nation was able to enjoy this amazing experience thanks to it being screened live by BBC Scotland.
“This has been a challenging year like no other and, as we look forward to better times in 2021, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a prosperous and a very happy New Year.”
Digital delights for Stirling residents
For Stirling residents the fireworks display was the climax to a special digital entertainment programme that was beamed directly into people’s living rooms via a variety of Stirling Council venue social media platforms and StirlingEvents.org.
A family friendly virtual concert showcased a variety of performers, either from or with a strong connection to the Stirling area, including performances by folk band Gnoss, pop singer Alix Muir, harpist Sarah MacNeil, young musicians Sadie and the Wolves, and the Feis Fort Players.
The digital delights also showcased local Stirling residents who went above and beyond in their commitment to their community, the arts or charity during 2020.
Celebrating Hogmanay from home
Vice Convener, Councillor Scott Farmer, said: “With no mass gatherings possible at this year’s Hogmanay due to the ongoing pandemic, our digital concert offered a chance for everyone in Stirling to still come together and build up to the bells as one.
“With a diverse line-up of music and reflections on the year just gone, combined with the stunning sight of fireworks exploding in a kaleidoscope of colour above the iconic Wallace Monument, I hope families and friends were able to welcome in 2021 in a safe and enjoyable way.”
Entertainment for all the family
VisitScotland's Director of Events, Paul Bush OBE said: "Stirling's Hogmanay has offered an excellent online programme of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including the fireworks display as the bells chimed, while staying safe at home.
“EventScotland was delighted to support Stirling Council through Scotland's Events Recovery Fund to deliver this year's hybrid Hogmanay celebrations in what has been a very challenging year for everyone."