Aberdeen will bring in the New Year with a bang after the city’s Hogmanay celebrations were reinstated.
The fireworks celebrations were axed by Aberdeen City Council last year in a bid to save money but Rainbow Taxis and Central Coaches have agreed a two-year sponsorship deal, which will see the celebrations reinstated until 2012.
The news comes just weeks after Glasgow City Council decided to axe its Hogmanay party for 2011 because it was deemed too expensive.
The two firms refused to divulge how much the sponsorship deal was worth but said it was “a significant sum”.
Russell McLeod, managing director of Rainbow City Taxis said: “When it was announced that the Hogmanay celebrations in Aberdeen were to be cancelled, unless support could be secured from local businesses, we wanted to do something to prevent this happening.”
Lynne Smith, managing director of Central Coaches, said: “The Hogmanay fireworks are a key event in the Winter Festival calendar and attract thousands of people to the city to see in the New Year, so it is great news that it will be reinstated with our support.”
The deal was approved at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday.
Aberdeen City Council leader Callum McCaig said: “Today's decision is great news for the city as the Hogmanay fireworks have proved to be very popular in the past. By working in partnership with the private sector we will be able to continue to deliver this traditional annual event in Aberdeen.”