The bonfire in the South Lanarkshire town of Biggar is lit every Hogmanay at 9.30pm in the High Street.
At the start of the night, the festivities begin with a torchlight parade with pipers and drummers. Then the much anticipated bonfire begins, a tradition which is goes back many generations and even continued throughout WW2 when a candle in a tin replaced the bonfire as blackouts were in place.
Come and join us!
A message from the Biggar Cornets Club
To our friends in Biggar and the surrounding community. You will have no doubt heard or noticed that this year’s Bonfire is in a slightly different location to that of previous years. As you know the Bonfire is built with the assistance of the local community in supplying the wood for construction but could not go ahead without the co-operation of Biggar Community Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Amey Highways and various other governing bodies. We at the Cornets Club volunteer to collect the wood and build the Bonfire for the local community and work closely with the governing bodies to ensure that we continue to provide a safe event for everyone to enjoy on Auld Years Night.
This year, due to the new location, we will be looking for your assistance and ask that you remain behind the barriers that will be laid out on the High Street. Please do not encroach on to the Main Road (A702) outside the Elphinstone Hotel or on to the road at the John Street junction in front of the Graeme Pharmacy.
The involvement of adults and children with small torches adds to the spectacle but we urgently require assistance in Marshalling the parade. If you can assist in this by giving up 2 hours of your time, please speak to a Cornet or send a message to the Cornets Facebook page. Every child with a small torch must be accompanied by a maximum of one adult. Added numbers make the parade more difficult to manage.
The small torches will be on sale from the car park at Bedford Opto on the Market Road at 8.30pm approx. The procession will leave the West End of the town at 9:15pm approx. We ask that all those carrying a small torch join into the procession directly behind the main torch parade to ensure that we all arrive at the Bonfire together. Those with lit torches must stay with the procession until they can be disposed of onto the bonfire when directed to do so. If for any reason you are unable to continue with the procession you must hand your torch to a Marshall, under no circumstances are torches to be taken outwith the procession.
Spectators following the parade are asked to allow all torches, including the small torches, to pass before joining in. We are also asking that spectators do not go any further than the start of the junction to John Street.
With your co-operation we can ensure that this fantastic and unique community event can continue to be a huge success and keep Biggar on the map.
Come along on the 31st and join Bobby Boyd MBE in burning out the old and bringing in the new. We are sure it will be another great night in Biggar.
Biggar Cornets Club.
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Biggar Bonfire are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.
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