Re­mem­ber, re­mem­ber…

Thou­sands en­joy town’s fire­work pro­ces­sion

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By PHIL CREIGHTON at CANTLEY PARK

WOK­ING­HAM re­mem­bered the fifth of Novem­ber … and that the an­nual torch­lit pro­ces­sion started from Shute End this year.

Re­gen­er­a­tion works in the town cen­tre meant that the pa­rade to Cantley Park was moved for one year only.

Thou­sands of peo­ple packed into the bor­ough coun­cil’s car park to take part in the an­nual fundrais­ing event, be­fore mak­ing their way to Cantley to en­joy a fun­fair and food ahead of the mas­sive py­rotech­nic dis­play, which was once again set to mu­sic.

Head­ing up the pro­ces­sion was seven-year-old Tom Gra­ham, who won a draw­ing con­test won by the Wok­ing­ham Fire­works trust.

David Gold, the group’s chair­man, said: “It was a close run thing with some other en­tries be­ing more colour­ful but the panel felt Tom’s draw­ing en­com­passed a sense of place, time and oc­ca­sion – the po­lit­i­cal dy­namic be­tween the bomb and the scep­tre, as one judge de­scribed it.

“Ap­par­ently Tom re­cently learned about the his­tory of the Gun­pow­der Plot at school, which in­flu­enced his draw­ing.”

Tom was joined by his Dad Will and sis­ter El­lie, as well as the bor­ough mayor Cllr Rob Stan­ton and town mayor Cllr Pe­ter Lucey and mem­bers of the Saint Se­bas­tian Wok­ing­ham Band.

The fire­works were set to mu­sic and Mr Gold said that the thou­sands who at­tended en­joyed the night.

“It all went re­ally well and it came to­gether nicely. It re­ally was quite spe­cial to see all those torches in the street,” he said.

“The dis­play was ex­cep­tional and the fi­nale was spec­tac­u­lar. It in­volved an 8kg fire­work that flew 1,000ft into the air.

“By and large, ev­ery­one who saw the show was pleased.”

The event was or­gan­ised by mem­bers of Wok­ing­ham Ro­tary Club, Easthamp­stead Ro­tary Club, Wok­ing­ham Lions Club, Wind­sor For­est Uni­corn Club and Thames West Uni­corn Club and it will raise funds for Wok­ing­ham In Need, Topic of Can­cer, Alexan­der Devine Chil­dren’s Hos­pice Ser­vice,

First Days and Build­ing For The Fu­ture.

The fi­nal to­tal was not yet known as we went to press.

“Ev­ery penny raised is for char­ity,” Mr Gold said.

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