Aden-een - The Shell Fireworks Parade 2014 at Aden Country Park, Mintlaw is almost upon us.
Taking place this year on Hallowe’en means there are lots of scary surprises in store.
The walk through the woods will unveil all sorts of fiendish fairy tale frights.
Aden-een is an annual youth regeneration project led by Modo in partnership with Shell UK, Aden Country Park, Buchan Development Partnership, Community Planning Partners and Aberdeenshire Council.
Taking part this year are: Mintlaw Academy Drama Group, Fraserburgh Academy Drama Group, Mintlaw, Pitfour, Fetterangus and Kininmonth Primary Schools, Arcaro Arts, Aden Holiday Group/Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society, CircoModo Fraserburgh, CircoModo Peterhead, CircoModo Mintlaw, Step Up Dance Group, Mintlaw Let’s Make Music Dancers, Prince’s Trust Team 34, Aberdeen Fire Spinners and Mutiny Tribal Belly Dancers.
The event is expected to be very busy so please leave plenty of time to get there safely.
There will be temporary traffic restrictions on Newlands Road (from Station Road to the Doctor’s Surgery) and Station Road (from the roundabout at the Square to Fetterangus Road).
Waiting restrictions are in place from 12 noon to 10pm on Friday, October 31.
In the park itself, Security 1st Scotland are in charge of car parking this year, with the council’s landscape services team also on duty. Please do allow time to park and to make your way from the car parks to the event.
If possible think about walking to the park, either through the main entrance or from Old Deer.
The event will take place whatever the weather so please dress accordingly. Although the audience will mainly be on the paths, sensible footwear or wellies are a good thing, and wrapping up warm is definitely advised.
However, we would encourage folk to dress up and help make the event as dramatic and exciting as possible.
There have been some weird and wonderful members of the audience in previous years. It all adds to the atmosphere.
Friends of Aden will be selling glowsticks, someone will be face painting and there will be a range of catering on offer so make sure you bring some money for refreshments.
If you’re afraid of the dark, you might want to bring a torch too!
The event is an alcohol-free event so please don’t bring any alcohol. Stewards have been instructed not to let anyone into the event with or under the influence of drink.
Because of the fireworks organisers are also asking members of the public to leave their dogs at home.
It is advised that children under the age of five should not attend as it can be scary, but it is entirely up to the individual family.
Marshals will be out in force asking for generous donations. Although the event is free to the public, costs do rise considerably each year. In order to keep standards high and involve as many young people as possible, it is hoped that those who can afford it do donate generously.
Go along prepared but more importantly just go along on the night and join in this celebration of local talent.