HELENSBURGH’S big Bonfire Night is upon us this weekend – but the public are being urged to stay safe while they enjoy the display.

Thousands of spectators from all areas are expected on West Clyde Street this Saturday night for the annual spectacular, which is organised by Helensburgh and District Round Table.

But all parties will be hoping for better weather than was being forecast by the Met Office as the Advertiser went to press.

As of Wednesday afternoon, winds of up to 24mph were being predicted. Rain is being forecast all day, but the weather is expected to be drier from at least 6pm.

It is set to be another big night down by the pier, with various stalls, food and drink and children’s rides available. The fireworks are due to start at 7.30pm.

However, the emergency services are keen to stress that fireworks and alcohol do not mix.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “Do not go near bonfires or fireworks whilst under the influence of alcohol.

“Advice from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is to attend a safely organised bonfire and firework display.

“However, if you must have a bonfire at home make sure it is well away from buildings, vehicles, trees, hedges, fences, power lines, telecommunications equipment and sheds - and you must ensure that smoke does not cause a nuisance to neighbours or flying embers endanger neighbouring property.”

The safety of young people is also paramount on fireworks night, with the Fire and Rescue Service also revealing that 350 pre-school children have suffered firework injuries in the last five years.

The spokesperson added: “Children – including babies and toddlers – suffer over half of all firework injuries and many of these are babies and toddlers.

“We want children to enjoy fireworks but they need to know that they can be dangerous.”