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Cost concerns hit Hogmanay hopes

Burns Light
The council is keen to build on the success of the Burns event

Concerns over costs and the potential for alcohol-related trouble look set to block plans for a Hogmanay celebration in the south of Scotland.

A bid to stage an event in Dumfries was proposed after the success of a Burns lantern procession in the town.

However, a council report has raised a string of concerns about staging such a celebration in the region.

Instead it suggests a more "family feel" could be provided by an event planned for summer 2010.

Thousands of people attended the Burns Light procession in Dumfries earlier this year generating significant income for the town's economy.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is keen to build on that success.

Two follow-up options have now been studied in a report for the authority's Nithsdale area committee.

One possibility was a Hogmanay celebration.

Council officials have suggested there could be a number of issues with such a plan.

Adverse weather, staffing, high costs, location and potential alcohol problems have all been cited as concerns.

Community spirit

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary has said it would rather no event was held on Hogmanay when resources are "already challenged".

Several council departments have also warned staff costs would be high.

It has been suggested that the event would struggle to compete with well-established New Year's Eve celebrations in other parts of Scotland.

According to the council report, a summer event would have several advantages.

It would allow more time for planning in order to secure external funding and sponsorship.

It is also seen as having greater potential for "positive community spirit".

Councillors will meet to discuss the two options later this week.



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