BIGGAR turned out in force for a fiery spectacle to wave goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018.

And the honour of lighting this year’s bonfire went to Biggaronian Dorothy Frame.

The 84-year-old sparked up the huge structure, made from a combination of items, including wooden pallets and branches.

Hundreds gathered in Biggar High Street as the evening kicked off at 8.45pm with a torchlight procession, followed by a selection of music, including a performance from the Biggar Pipe Band.

The big moment arrived at 9.30pm for Dorothy to set the huge structure alight, assisted by the 2017 Cornet Simon Kane and the town’s Fleming Queen, Iona Simpson.

The tradition dates back to Pagan times, when fire was believed to ward off evil spirits.

And the history of the Biggar Bonfire goes back hundreds of years.

The annual event was even kept alive during the second World War.

Despite the blackout, a candle in a tin was lit on the site of the bonfire in the centre of the town.

One bonfire in the 1940s was so enormous it burned for five days.