Big rides back for Big Night Out

Long Melford's Big Night Out firework display and bonfire. ENGANL00120120411220725
Long Melford's Big Night Out firework display and bonfire. ENGANL00120120411220725

Organisers of Long Melford’s Big Night Out have brought back the big rides and are praying for better weather after the event failed to raise money for local charities last year.

After the disappointment when for the first time ever the event failed to raise charity cash, organisers Project Seven have made several changes in a bid to bring back the punters.

The larger rides are back, after being cancelled over drainage issues at Melford Hall Park. Other money-making ventures include more affordable refreshments as they take over burger and hot dog duties.

Taking place on November 7, the date is later this year to avoid clashing with Scaresville at Kentwell Hall, while organisers are hoping the dreadful weather will not make a repeat appearance.

Andrew Hagger, administrator of the event, said it was very disappointing not being able to donate money to the local charities.

“That’s the ultimate goal to help organisations,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.

“It was a bitter pill to swallow for the charities as they are used to getting a handout, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that.”

Mr Hagger said the event, costing £20,000 to run, needed to make a profit before money could be donated.

He also insisted the Big Night Out, and in particular the fireworks, would go ahead regardless of the weather.

Gates open at 6pm. Tickets are £5 in advance and £7 on the door for adults, with a £2 reduction for children.

Fireworks start at 8pm with the bonfire lit 30 minutes before.