Bonfire Night goes with a bang

A BIG HIT: Crowds marvel at the fireworks on display at the Big Night Out. Over 6,000 people attended the event where �13,000 worth of fireworks were set off in 18 minutes.
A BIG HIT: Crowds marvel at the fireworks on display at the Big Night Out. Over 6,000 people attended the event where �13,000 worth of fireworks were set off in 18 minutes.
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EXPLOSIONS of colour lit up the sky and gasps of delight filled the air during Long Melford’s Big Night Out firework spectacular.

More than 6,000 people attended the event at Melford Hall on Friday evening and were treated to a display featuring more than £13,000 worth of rockets, sparklers and Catherine wheels.

The display, which was taking place for the 43rd year, saw music returning to accompany the fireworks for the first time – following a two year absence due to a licence fees dispute – and the bonfire lit half-an-hour earlier to allow younger children to watch the show.

Organiser Andrew Hagger said a combination of these changes and good weather led to an increase in numbers from last year.

“We are very pleased with how the evening went,” said Mr Hagger.

“At one stage we thought we would be getting some rain, but it held off and people loved the earlier start time and thoroughly enjoyed the music.”

Mr Hagger, who has been involved in the display for 32 years, added that guys topping the bonfire had been decorated by Long Melford Primary School and Playgroup, and various funfair rides and stalls had kept people entertained well into the evening.

For the full story see this week’s Free Press.