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Stewart Milne Homes continues to support Stonehaven Fireballs

The Stonehaven Fireball Association is delighted to announce the ongoing support from Stewart Milne Homes.

By 2021, the company will have backed it for five years and helped the Stonehaven Fireballs Association to delight thousands of spectators in what continues to be a free event.

The continuing success of the time-honoured festival is reliant on the many volunteers, local businesses and residents, and with continued funding and support confirmed, the popularity is expected to grow.

Last year saw around 12,000 spectators watch 45 fireball swingers parade down the High Street at midnight, accompanied by bagpipers and performers, before casting the fireballs into the harbour.

Neil Thomson, construction director at Stewart Milne Homes, said: “As we look ahead to a new community at Dunnottar Park, we want to continue playing our part in making Stonehaven one of the most desirable places to live in the North-east by supporting the Stonehaven fireballs.

"As a local supporter of this world-famous event, I am delighted Stewart Milne Homes are able to help in this way."

Ross Milne, committee chair of Stonehaven Fireballs Association, added: "The association is delighted with the support that Stewart Milne Homes has given the event

"To commit to a total of five years sponsorship is outstanding in this day and age and shows real dedication, not only to the fireballs ceremony, but also to the local community.

"This financial boost, along with the continued support and assistance from many local businesses, will keep the fireballs burning brightly for years to come."


Stonehaven Fireballs

The Fireball Ceremony is Stonehaven's unique way to welcome in the New Year and greet friends and neighbours. As the midnight chimes ring out on December 31st, approximately 40 men and women parade up and down the High Street swinging fiercely flaming balls around their heads.


People start to gather in the High Street from 10.00pm onwards on December 31st. The Stonehaven fireball festival starts at midnight, and lasts for approximately 20 minutes.

We have to close access to the High Street when we reach capacity. This can happen any time after 11.00pm, so don't leave it too late or you may be disappointed.

It is followed immediately afterwards by a fireworks display.



The Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony takes place on the High Street, Stonehaven.


Fireballs Webcam

Can't attend the fireballs in person? Don't worry - we've got you covered! We've mounted a web cam on the clock tower to give you a bird's eye view of the fireballs.


There is no entry fee for visitors coming to watch the fireballs ceremony and tickets are not required.

There is an opportunity to make a donation when you enter the event, and these donations help Stonehaven Fireballs Association with the costs associated with running the ceremony. 

All donations are very greatfully received. 

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