Thou­sands flock to sparkling cel­e­bra­tion

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY ADELE MERSON

AROUND 2,000 peo­ple turned out to en­joy a bon­fire and fire­works cel­e­bra­tion.

Or­gan­ised by El­lon Round Ta­ble, the free event took place in Gor­don Park on Satur­day, for its eighth year. James Shaw, chair­man of the group, hailed the suc­cess of this year’s event, which in­cluded a bon­fire mea­sur­ing 5m high (16ft) and 8m (26ft) by 8m wide. He added: “I think it went well. “There was a good turnout, prob­a­bly a cou­ple of thou­sand peo­ple. “There may not have been as many peo­ple as pre­vi­ously on ac­count of the weather.” Aside from the bon­fire, those at­tend­ing also en­joyed a fun­fair car­ni­val, bar­be­cue and re­fresh­ments. Or­gan­is­ers are still count­ing the pro­ceeds from the event, but said they are hope­ful it will re­turn again next year. Mr Shaw said: “Hope­fully we will or­gan­ise it again next year if it’s worth it again. “We rely com­pletely on do­na­tions from the pub­lic to fund it. “We don’t tend to make much profit but any­thing we do make goes back into the com­mu­nity. “So hope­fully we will get a bit of money to put to­wards lo­cal causes.” Some of the groups which have re­ceived do­na­tions in the past in­clude lo­cal foot­ball teams, El­lon Men’s Shed, Ro­tary, Scout groups and more. Wood for the blaze came via do­na­tions from busi­nesses and in­cluded ev­ery­thing from dis­carded wardrobes to sur­plus pal­lets. El­lon Round Ta­ble group is also look­ing for men aged be­tween 18 and 25 to join and help or­gan­ise fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties. Now the bon­fire and fire­works dis­play has passed, the group have moved full steam ahead into the fes­tive sea­son with a num­ber of events planned. Th­ese in­clude sell­ing Christ­mas trees and Santa’s sleigh go­ing around the town pick­ing up gifts to do­nate to Cash for Kids.

A dis­play of sound and light at the bon­fire and fire­works cel­e­bra­tion at El­lon

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