It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce our annual bonfire will NOT take place this year.
Our safety record has been exemplary and an example of good practice but demands of meeting current regulations now make the situation more difficult. essentially, we have been unsuccessful in our negotiations to secure support on the night from the police and/or local enforcement bodies, as the management of coned areas is proving difficult to maintain. Having worked hard with local residents to find a solution for the traffic issues, we now have problems with those who drive to the event from, further away and totally ignore the parking restrictions we put in place. Also the responsibility for ensuring a safe and efficient exit route is increasingly difficult and requires expertise. In addition to this, we are now also required to have a professionally qualified safety officer. We have always been indebted to the many local businesses who offer their services, many hours of their time and manpower and equipment. Regulations now mean that they would be required to sign documents which could implicate them and find them liable should an incident occur.
We are also very sad to inform you that our expert and specialist pyrotechnic, Dave Partridge, who dedicates months of his own time to ensuring that our event is spectacular, is suffering from a serious illness and will not be able help with the event. Our thoughts are with Dave and his family at this time.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 25 years – we appreciate the disappointment this decision will cause.
We have raised more than £325,000 for local community groups during this time and this could not have happened without the help of everyone who has attended the event, the sponsors and the volunteers.
Please continue to support the groups who have benefited from the bonfire and will be looking to raise funds elsewhere.
We are very passionate about our event and the funding it provides for the local community. We will continue discussions with the relevant authorities and do all we can to try to run the event again in 2019.