COCKENZIE and Port Seton’s annual family fireworks night has been cancelled after a change to the rules saw organisers unable to fill in paperwork in time.

Organisers of this year’s event, which was due to be held on Friday, have announced that they can no longer go ahead with the planned display.

The free annual fireworks display is organised and funded every year by Cockenzie and Port Seton Community Council.

However, new rules introduced earlier this year meant that the event required approval from the newly-formed Strategic Safety Advisory Group (SSAG).

And with time running out to meet the criteria, the community council has pulled the plug on the event.

Graeme Jeffries, acting chairman of the community council, said: “Unfortunately new rules meant there was additional paperwork required as part of the risk assessment and this was not able to be completed in time.

“It is very disappointing for us and everyone involved, as the fireworks display has become such a successful and enjoyable event in our year.

“It is a very popular community event and it is a shame we have not been able to go forward with it.”

East Lothian Council, which chairs the county’s SSAG –which includes members of the emergency services – said community councils had been informed that events would have to meet the body’s criteria if they were to go ahead.

The council said advice issued included that in organising a public event the community councils needed to “be aware that a great deal of planning and organisation is required to run an event successfully. You must consider the safety of all involved and the compliance with a wide range of legislation. You must remember that, at all times, you are responsible for all aspects of the event under your control. If running an event regularly, you should review previous events on an ongoing basis, seek advice from relevant parties and implement any changes”.

A council spokesperson said: “It’s unfortunate that the community council choose on this occasion not to host their regular fireworks display but hopefully this may return in future years.”