Just weeks after Stirling Council resumed management of the world-famous attraction, the Monument will usher Scotland into 2021 with a bang.
Offering a unique and special display reflecting on the challenging year just gone in, and looking ahead to more positive times in 2021, the Council’s annual firework display will be the showpiece event on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay show with Susan Calman.
Digital delights just for Stirling residents
For Stirling residents, the midnight display is also the jewel in the crown of a special digital Hogmanay offering that will be beamed directly into people’s living rooms via a variety of Stirling Council venue social media platforms and StirlingEvents.org.
There will be entertainment from venues around the city taking us up to 11:30pm when Stirling residents can switch across to the BBC for the midnight fireworks.
With no mass gatherings possible this year, Stirling’s Hogmanay will move from Stirling Castle Esplanade to residents homes via a digital concert, so that everyone can still build up to the bells together in Stirling.
Family friendly virtual concert
The family friendly virtual concert will showcase a variety styles by a range of performers, either from or with a strong connection to the Stirling area. The celebration will boast everything from pop classics to some wonderful traditional playing for a home grown kitchen Ceilidh.
There will be some familiar faces popping up too, as the digital delights showcase local Stirling residents who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to their community, the arts or charity during 2020. More information on the digital concert will be announced here.
Hogmanay from home
Convener of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane said: “It is fantastic news that the BBC has chosen Stirling to help bring in the New Year, and our fireworks display will help usher in 2021 for people across Scotland in a spectacular but safe way.
“It has been a challenging year but there are still so many things to celebrate in terms of the way that our communities have responded to the worst health crisis that we've experienced in our lifetime, and the resilience that we have shown to come through it.
“Our digital Hogmanay programme will celebrate all of this, while providing a safe way to say hello to 2021 and hopefully a brighter future next year.”
Bringing our communities together
Vice Convener, Councillor Scott Farmer said: “Although it will be a very different Christmas and New Year season, we wanted to create a Hogmanay spectacle that allowed all of our communities to still come together via virtual channels.
“With the Council having taken back management responsibility for the Wallace Monument, and thanks to the BBC beaming coverage of our fireworks ringing in the bells nationwide, the whole of Scotland can join Stirling in welcoming in 2021 in spectacular fashion.
“However, please remember the safety and well-being of our residents remains our top priority. It is not permitted to have any mass gatherings either indoors or outdoors and Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance must still be followed to ensure the wellbeing of us all.”
BBC Hogmanay 2020 with Susan Calman
A BBC Scotland spokesperson said: “Hogmanay is a time when audiences always join us in huge numbers and this year Susan Calman will be joined by Deacon Blue, Amy MacDonald, Blazin Fiddles and guests for our Hogmanay 2020 show.
“We’re delighted also, that as part of that, we’ll show the fireworks from the Wallace Monument for a special midnight moment, with a little help from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.”
More exciting details of what will be on offer, including times and how to view, will be released in due course.