Team­work makes fire­works bril­liant

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

OVER the past week, thou­sands of us have en­joyed fire­works at or­gan­ised dis­plays.

Safe, set to mu­sic, fun and with some im­pres­sive py­rotech­nics, the dis­plays are fam­ily-friendly and raise thou­sands for char­i­ties.

And the vast ma­jor­ity are run and or­gan­ised purely by vol­un­teers. They are so slick and well or­gan­ised you’d rarely know.

On Satur­day night, that or­gan­i­sa­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism was shown when tem­pers were frayed and pa­tience tested.

The last-minute can­cel­la­tion of Wokingham town’s fire­work dis­play and torch­lit pro­ces­sion was heart­break­ing. It was un­avoid­able: a gas leak next to a field full of fire­works? Of course you can’t take the risk.

Work­ing quickly and ef­fi­ciently, the vol­un­teers gave up even more of their free time to en­sure that the peo­ple were told and the dis­play went ahead on Sun­day night in­stead.

While it’s sad to lose out on the torch­lit pro­ces­sion, the sheer bril­liance of the dis­play, and fun­fair, at Cant­ley more than made up for it.

The team de­serve a mas­sive pat on the back for their ster­ling ef­forts: you all did Wokingham proud.

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