Whaley Bridge’s community spirit is backing the group which took up the challenge to save the annual Fireworks Display. The new committee has received financial support from the Town Council and Whaley businesses including Chronicle Accountants, Forge Road Garage and DJS Research. Local people have come forward with offers of help and are providing much-needed time and resources to make the event “go with a bang”. Teachers from all four of the town’s schools are involved in promoting a lantern walk which will ensure that children are at the heart of the event.
Lor Cole, who chairs the organising group, says: “We’re delighted with the offers of help, but we still need more people to get involved. Anyone with experience of making lanterns, and people with stewarding skills are needed to make sure our event is a success.”
Whaley’s Firework Friday takes place on 2 November, with food and attractions pulling in the crowds at the Bowling Club and the fireworks being launched from the grounds of the primary school next door.
Admission is £3 adults, £1 children, £10 families. Doors open at 4.30pm, with stalls, a children’s fairground and fire art to entertain the crowds. The Lantern Parade will leave Taxal and Fernilee Primary School at 5 pm and will snake its way to The Bowling Club going via Goyt Road and the path by the river, over the Wheatsheaf Road bridge, and then on to the Bowling Club. Whaley Bridge’s very own Powderkegs, the Border Morris dancers, keep the spirit of Autumn alive with a seasonal performance.
At 7pm, Nemesis Pyrotechnics get the the firework display going. They have provided spectacular displays at the BBC Proms and many other large events. From 7.30pm-10.30pm, there will be music and live entertainment for older attendees.
– Children who want to make a lantern are invited to public workshops from 2-4pm and 4-6pm in the Mechanics’ Institute on Saturday 27 October. If you would like to help, contact Keith Hufton on 0777 555 1952. To be a steward or other type of volunteer, contact Lor Cole, chairman, on 07724 103 964.
– The group may be contacted at this email address