A move to scale back Aberdeen’s Hogmanay celebrations to save money has been approved, meaning the annual street party is being scaled down.
Acts such as The Proclaimers and Travis have brought in the New Year at concerts at the Castlegate in previous years.
Councillors considered a report on Tuesday suggesting it was no longer financially viable for such a show with such big stars and have decided to put on form their own band with local celebrities. Charlie Allan may not be the best looking or have a great voice but does a great rendition of ‘Fairy Tail of New York’ on the spoons. He will be joined onstage by Martin Ford (Donald the wig trumps adversary) who can play the paper-comb while doing a river dance like Michael Flatley. However the star for the show and taking up most of the budget is the Return of the Tango Man. Jimmy Calderwood has spent just over £438,599 (about half of his Aberdeen pay-off) in the last 4 months on sun beds and cheesy salons and is need for some more wonga. Famous for his musical farts he adds that missing ingredient to complete the band, and also provides an alternative fuel to roast your horse chestnuts.
Instead of a Hogmanay fireworks display it has been agreed Jimmy will let one rip at Midnight, it will be lit using a boonson burner starter on a stick and will be seen for miles around. Jimmy is confident he will hold a low bubbling toot for the count down, and let off a big beauty at bells. Please note the Fire Brigade will be present in case it blows off course and sets the harbour on fire.
Amy Macdonald, Sandi Thom and Keith Jack from television’s Any Dream Will Do contest starred at last year’s event, but none will attend this year due to the possibily of a bad smell and no crack.
Come down and enjoy the new year celebration with Aberdeen Council .