Future of annual Sudbury fireworks display uncertain due to costs and safety concerns
The future of Sudbury’s annual public fireworks display is uncertain, amid increasing concerns about its running costs and safety.
Sudbury Town Council’s leisure and environment committee will this month discuss the issues surrounding the display, which takes place at the Delphi Centre each November, and will decide at a full council meeting in July whether it should go ahead.
At last year’s event, a woman was treated by paramedics on site for minor injuries, after a firework malfunction sent embers flying into the crowd, with the council apologising and pledging a full investigation.
Town clerk Jacqui Howells told the Free Press: “There have been increasing concerns about the safety of the event, due to the enclosed area at the Delphi Centre.
“We are looking into the costs of holding the event this year, which are likely to be considerably more, due to the fact that the Delphi firemen, who previously volunteered to light and manage the fireworks, are no longer employed by Delphi.
“We may consider engaging a professional events company to manage the event.”
But Sudbury councillor Luke Cresswell said this should not be a reason to cancel the popular event, which draws thousands of spectators.
“The safety of the event must always be reviewed, as must the cost and a new location will be needed soon as Delphi closes, but some councillors are using this as an excuse to cut this popular event completely,” he said.
“The Delphi fireworks event is an event that the town council should be proud of delivering.
“It would let residents down if the town council walked away to save a few quid.”
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