We can’t cope with fire­works show suc­cess!

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There will be no Hal­loween and fire­work cel­e­bra­tions in Stock­bury this year after the evening be­came a vic­tim of its own suc­cess.

The vil­lage’s sixth an­nual bon­fire party last year at­tracted more than 1,200 peo­ple. A post on the Stock­bury Hal­loween and Fire­work Party Face­book page said: “The large num­ber of peo­ple that at­tended last year is be­hind the de­ci­sion not to con­tinue this year.

“The num­ber of peo­ple that joined us was close to the ca­pac­ity that our li­cence is valid for, hence we de­cided that it would be pru­dent to take a year out – the safety of the public be­ing para­mount in our de­ci­sion. We know how much this event is loved and are truly sorry to have to dis­ap­point you this year.

“Thank you all for your loyal sup­port over the last six years, which has made our lit­tle vil­lage fire­work event into the big suc­cess it has be­come.”

Last Oc­to­ber, a mys­tery blaze en­gulfed the wood pile set aside for the bon­fire only days be­fore it was due to take place. It went ahead after peo­ple do­nated ma­te­ri­als and the stack was re­built.

Or­gan­is­ers say the evening is likely re­turn on Novem­ber 11, next year.

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