THE Fairlie fireworks display has been cancelled - after louts caused chaos at the 2021 event.

The event has been run by a local village committee for 16 years but organisers have quit after youths caused problems at last year's event.

Committee member Shirley McGinty explained why the fireworks will no go ahead.

She said: "This is because last year, after the fireworks, a few committee members who had been running the gala and fireworks for years, including myself, resigned due to groups of drunk teenagers spitting on us, assaulting us and generally causing trouble.

"It is such a shame as we had years of enjoyment from putting on these events for the village and surrounding area, but when I became a volunteer for my community I certainly didn't expect that.

"It has been spoiled for all the families that supported us for around 16 years."

The Largs Round Table previously ran a successful fireworks display at the Pencil for around 30 years, while the Largs Viking Festival and Millport September Weekend also host weekend displays to round off their events.

Councillor Alan Hill told the News this week that he was hopeful the display may return next year.

The long-running event was hosted at the Fairlie community garden in Pier Road and attended by hundreds of people. Numbers significantly increased when the Largs fireworks display was stopped several years ago.

Last year's Fairlie display had been the first in two years after the 2020 one was cancelled due to the pandemic.