GAS LEAK STOPS FIREWORKS
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.
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