THE Wallace Monument will be at the centre of a fireworks display this Hogmanay, bringing in the bells live on TV.

The popular attraction will again stage a display, which will not be open to the public, following a successful event last year.

The fireworks will mark the grand finale of Stirling Council's programme of festive events across November and December.

A wide mix of in-person and watch-from-home activities will be hosted at cultural venues and within public health guidelines.

The city's Christmas lights will go up this weekend along with a Christmas market at the Albert Halls.

There will be a programme of live music at The Tolbooth and the Albert Halls, including Kinariss Quintet, Del Amitri, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Elephant Sessions and Phil Cunningham + Friends.

Cllr Chris Kane, community planning and regeneration convener, said: “The fireworks display last Hogmanay was a rare high point in an otherwise difficult festive period.

“For a moment Stirling brightened up the skies above the Wallace Monument and brightened the mood of the country.

“This year the BBC are back to broadcast the display and Stirling is ready to light up Scotland once again.

“The fireworks will be the finale to an exciting programme of festivities, with a range of tightly managed in-person and watch-from-home events.

“We have a difficult balancing act to ensure we can enjoy mixing in person this year whilst recognising that Stirling continues to record significant positive Covid test results in what is a fluid and fast changing situation.

“We’re all dreaming of a Christmas just like the ones we used to know, but we’re not quite there yet, so stay safe, shop local and enjoy what we already know to be a great city of culture this Christmas.”

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