Millport's much loved September weekend fireworks display is under threat due to rising costs that have doubled in the last few years.

The fireworks are a popular annual event on the island’s calendar which draws thousands of spectators.

Many visitors flock to the shores of Millport and Largs to watch the display, but the News has learned that it now faces an uncertain future.

Scott Ferris, chair of the Isle of Cumbrae Tourist Association, who organise the event, says it is under threat unless alternative funding can be found urgently.

He told a meeting of Cumbrae Community Council that the organisation may have to resort to raising cash for it through a crowdfunding appeal asking for donations from members of the public.

A collection can fundraiser held for last year’s show did not bring in the required level of contributions.

Mr Ferris said: “We have started planning for the September weekend fireworks and it is putting a huge strain on the tourist association.

“Not only do we have to pay for fireworks, but we also have the licence and insurance, which takes the bill to nearly double what it was previously.

“The event is under a bit of a threat.”

Mr Ferris says that crunch talks coming up soon will decide the fate of the display.

He said: “We are having a meeting in the next few weeks to see how we proceed.

“Can-rattling unfortunately didn’t work last year, so we may need to crowdfund to help raise the money required to hold it.”

The 2021 event saw some popular seaside competitions return, including the sandcastle and crabbing contests, while shops and properties were decorated and lit up to welcome visitors.

The illuminations are a historic event on the island. They have taken place for nearly 80 years, with 2020 the only call-off due to the coronavirus public health restriction which were in place at the time.