The party’s over . . .

Hogmanay at George Square
Hogmanay at George Square

NEW year revellers will be disappointed with the news that Glasgow city council has cancelled this years celebrations in George Square.

The authority said this week that the annual bash wasn’t generating enough value for money compared to other events throughout the year.

Council leader Gordon Matheson commented: “At the moment, we are being asked to justify spending £34 of public money per head on an event which just isn’t delivering value and, indeed, received a fair amount of negative feedback last year.

“This is on top of the £19 ticket price we are asking the public to pay.

“Contrast that with the free fireworks display in November which costs the council just £1.50 per head or the hugely-popular Christmas lights switch-on which costs £6 per head to stage”.

The Labour councillor added: “At a time when frontline services are under extreme financial pressure it is imperative that we get the best bang for every Glasgow buck — and that is not happening at the moment”.

Nonetheless, southside opposition councillors have spoken out against the move, calling it a “blow” to the city’s reputation.

Conservative councillor David Meikle told The Extra: “I understand money is tight and the council has to make tough spending decisions, but I’m disappointed that the event has been scrapped.

“Glasgow is a major city and attracts foreign visitors at Hogmanay because of its reputation so not to have an event is a blow - and I think it will be missed by people in Glasgow who go each year”.

The Pollokshields representative added: “I would have liked the council to exhaust all avenues to secure private funding or sponsorship to continue the event”.

Councillor Danny Alderslowe, the Scottish Green representative for southside central, added: “I think it will be missed by people who have friends and family visiting the city.

“As for money well spent, I have found the council overspending on [other] events, which doesn’t always add to the quality.

“The feat here is society is increasingly concerned with how much money can be made out of people, instead of what is best for them”.

As an alternative, the council plans to hold a family event in the square which will involve music, ceilidh dancing and the Glasgow Bonspiel curling tournament.

The GCC leader added that the council will now focus on promoting the family-friendly celebration, as well as Glasgow’s night life for those who still want to bring in the bells in the city centre.