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Registered Charity No. 1168821
Dedicated to raising funds for good causes in the Wokingham area.
6.00pm TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION
Wokingham Fireworks Charitable Trust
t: 07969 410532
(answered after 5pm and at weekends)
6.00pm FUNFAIR OPENS
7.30pm FIREWORKS DISPLAY
SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2017
For the 28th successive year, on November the 5th the crowds gathered in the Market Place, St Sebastian’s Band led the torchlight procession off towards Cantley Fields. Once there, the public were entertained by a fabulous display of pyrotechnics. The bonfire, the funfair, and for some, even the smell of hot dogs and burgers, all added to a great atmosphere.
Millie Allen, aged just 9, won the inaugural drawing competition and her prize was to light the bonfire and countdown to the opening salvo of fireworks.
The display this year was the first time computer software was used to ignite the fireworks and this was synchronised with themed music, broadcast over a PA system fit for a rock concert. A truly 21st century production which the many thousands of people in the field thoroughly enjoyed.
Our thanks go to the sponsors who include Richard Worth Estate Agents, The Wokingham Society, More Arts and Bovis Homes, the cooperation and support of both the Town and Borough Councils and of course the many volunteers from the 5 service clubs, all of whom are to be congratulated in helping to raise a record £36,000 which was donated to a number of local charities.
Great fun was had by all at Fireworks 2015. From the charities point of view it was a record year, with over £30,000 being donated to local good causes. The majority of this was distributed to the main beneficiaries at a Presentation Evening held in Wokingham Town Hall on Tuesday 6 December.
Fireworks 2014 was scheduled for Saturday 8 November. However, the weather leading up to the day was not good, with frequent heavy showers. The forecast for Saturday was even worse, with a dramatic improvement for Sunday. Thursday was a therefore a day for frantic phone calls to all the suppliers, authorities and helpers. We were very pleased to find that everyone could manage a change of date. We therefore got the wheels in motion on Thursday evening to re-
All local radio stations helped us by publicising the change of date. Numerous organisations that were already publicising the event updated their websites. Social media came to the fore, with the message rapidly spread via Facebook, Twitter and other sites. We updated all the advertising banners and distributed new street signs notifying everyone of the change.
Everything worked perfectly. No-
We didn’t quite meet our target of raising £25,000, but achieved a highly respectable total of about £23,000. The majority of this was distributed to the main beneficiaries at a Presentation Evening held in Wokingham Town Hall on Thursday 4 December.