Thou­sands thrilled by fire­works dis­play

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Stephen Briggs Twit­ter: @PTStephenB

One of the most spec­tac­u­lar nights in Peter­bor­ough’s cal­en­dar went off with a bang as thou­sands at­tended the Fire­work Fi­esta.

The fes­tiv­i­ties were held on Satur­day (Novem­ber 3) rather than the tra­di­tional Novem­ber 5 - but huge crowds of peo­ple filled the East of Eng­land Arena for the an­nual show.

And the crowds were not dis­ap­pointed, with the huge bon­fire and amaz­ing ae­rial dis­play wow­ing young and old alike.

Mayor of Peter­bor­ough cllr Chris Ash per­formed his cer­e­mo­nial duty by light­ing the fire at the be­gin­ning of the evening, with fire­works start­ing at 7.30pm.

The fire­work dis­play was pro­duced by Ti­ta­nium, the firm which also pro­duces dis­plays at The Lon­don Eye and Ed­in­burgh’s Hog­manay cel­e­bra­tions.

Along with the py­rotech­nics, there was a range of other en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer to keep the crowds warm on the chilly Novem­ber night.

Sev­eral fair­ground rides were set up in the show­ground for fam­i­lies to en­joy, and there was also live mu­sic on a spe­cially set up stage.

Fire per­former Kitty Dev­ereux also pro­vided a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play.

The Fire­work Fi­esta is or­gan­ised by the The Ro­tary Club Of Peter­bor­ough Min­ster and the The Round Ta­ble Club Of Peter­bor­ough - with money raised go­ing to a range of Peter­bor­ough based char­i­ties.

Phil Branston, from the Peter­bor­ough Min­ster Ro­tary Club said: “The event went re­ally well, and we are very pleased.

“The en­ter­tain­ment from the fire eater was amaz­ing.

“We had 8,900 peo­ple turn up - it is the big­gest dis­play in the re­gion.”

A spokesman for the group added: “We don’t know yet how much we have raised for lo­cal good causes be­cause we have to get in the money from the sales out­lets and we have not had all the bills yet. But if our bud­get­ing is cor­rect, there will be some to do­nate.

“That is not the main pur­pose of the event, it is to hold a spec­tac­u­lar and safe dis­play. One where ev­ery­one knows when it will be held so that they can take care of their an­i­mals or any­one who is fright­ened by the noise.

“We are very grate­ful to our spon­sors Bri­tan­nia Fire and Se­cu­rity and Anglia Ruskin Uni­ver­sity. With­out them we could not keep the ticket price as low, com­pared with other ma­jor dis­plays.”

The or­gan­is­ers also thanked the Army Cadets, who turned up the fol­low­ing day to clear away the lit­ter.

Pro­ceeds from last year’s event were do­nated to Peter­bor­ough Soup Kitchen, Parn­well preschool, the Cit­i­zen Ad­vice Bu­reau, The Sa­mar­i­tans, Vi­vac­ity, Sail­abil­ity, St John’s Am­bu­lance and Peter­bor­ough Eat­ing Dis­or­ders.

The event was first held in 1976, and has raised more than £600,000 over the past 40 years.

Next year’s event will be held Satur­day, Novem­ber 2.

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