Thousands thrilled by fireworks display
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.