GAS LEAK STOPS FIRE­WORKS

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By PHIL CREIGHTON

THE Mayor of Wokingham bor­ough said that the team be­hind Wokingham’s ev­er­pop­u­lar fire­works event made him feel very hum­ble.

Cllr John Kaiser paid trib­ute to the vol­un­teers who worked tire­lessly over the week­end to re­ar­range the event from Satur­day to Sun­day af­ter a gas leak at the en­trance to Cant­ley Park forced the last minute post­pone­ment of the char­ity dis­play.

Although thou­sands of peo­ple had gath­ered at Cant­ley or Mar­ket Place on Satur­day ex­pect­ing to take part in the an­nual torch­lit pro­ces­sion through Broad Street and Mil­ton Road, they had to be turned away as the leak be­came a ma­jor emer­gency.

Po­lice and fire crews were all on site at­tempt­ing to deal with the leak, which oc­curred at 5.30pm, just min­utes be­fore the fun­fair was due to open.

As a re­sult, the event was swiftly re­ar­ranged for the fol­low­ing evening, although the torch­lit pro­ces­sion had to be can­celled.

The Wokingham Pa­per un­der­stands that to stem the flow of gas, the fire brigade used a water spray. This al­lowed a team of spe­cial­ist en­gi­neers to get to work on the leak­ing pipe.

Res­i­dents of the house next to the leak de­clined to speak to The Wokingham Pa­per.

On Sun­day night, the fun­fair took place as planned and the dis­play was set launched by mini-mayor Am­ber Mur­ray and Riya Tan­don (6), a pupil at Winnersh Pri­mary School who won a poster com­pe­ti­tion.

In a speech, Cllr Kaiser told the thou­sands of peo­ple who turned out on Sun­day of his pride in events such as the fire­works.

“The events I have at­tended as mayor have made me feel proud to be part of the com­mu­nity and oth­ers have made me feel very hum­ble as you see the ef­fort put in by the many vol­un­teers who en­sure … as many as pos­si­ble get to share in the good things Wokingham pro­vides. “I am al­ways amazed at the di­ver­sity and how in­clu­sive ac­tiv­i­ties are in Wokingham Town and all the other towns and vil­lages which go to make up Wokingham bor­ough.”

And de­spite hav­ing to move the fire­works from Satur­day to Sun­day, the or­gan­is­ing team – made up of mem­bers of lo­cal Uni­corns, Ro­tary and Li­ons clubs all work­ing to­gether – were pleased with how it went.

They said: “We would like to thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported us through this chal­leng­ing process. The feed­back we have re­ceived shows that an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of those who at­tended would agree that the show was a great suc­cess.

“You have helped to raise vi­tal funds for these lo­cal char­i­ties: Topic of Can­cer, School Days – by First Days, Alexan­der Devine Chil­dren’s Hos­pice Ser­vice,

ARC Coun­selling and Wokingham Link Vis­it­ing Scheme.”

The date for next year’s event has been set as Satur­day, Novem­ber 2.

Pic­tures: Phil Creighton

Thou­sands of peo­ple en­joyed a hugely suc­cess­ful fire­works dis­play in Cant­ley Park

Po­lice closed Twyford Road on Satur­day night af­ter a gas leak was found by houses in Cant­ley Park. SGN made the area safe for Sun­day

Bor­ough Mayor Cllr John Kaiser, Riya Tan­don, mini mayor Am­ber Mur­ray and or­gan­iser David Gold launched the fire­works on Sun­day

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