Bowie-themed Sidbury Fireworks a record night

Sidbury fireworks 2016 display.

Sidbury fireworks 2016 display. - Credit: Archant

‘The most spectacular display the valley has ever seen’

Becky Dawson captured these pictures at the Sidbury fireworks display. Picture: Becky Dorson.

Becky Dawson captured these pictures at the Sidbury fireworks display. Picture: Becky Dorson. - Credit: Archant

Sidbury Fireworks’ tribute to David Bowie proved a big hit as record numbers flocked to enjoy a dazzling spectacle with a sprinkling of stardust.

Thanks went out to the army of helpers and unsung heroes who helped to make the annual event a ‘brilliant success’ that attracted an estimated crowd of more than 2,500 people.

A spaceship-shaped bonfire took centre-stage in the grounds of Sidbury Manor on Saturday (November 5). Spectators were treated to a show by street performers the Paranoid Chickens and live music with The Magic Badgers.

The huge aerial fireworks display lit up the sky from 7.15pm and organisers said there was just enough hot food and drink, ales and mulled wine to go round.


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Sidbury Bonfire and Fireworks Committee treasurer Roger Davey said: “It was an amazing night with a record crowd. We probably had the most people we have ever had in the last 15 years we have been doing it.

“The whole night went really well and we just about had enough food and drink to cater for everyone. It was a brilliant, successful night and it has made up for the last couple of years where we have had not such good weather.”

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Committee chairman Brad Jenkins said: “The weather was perfect and the set-up was completed by the committee and their army of helpers in record time and without a hitch.

“The event was attended by over 2,500 people, who were kept warm with mulled wine from Bo’s Bar and his band of merry helpers and well fed by Mark Bishop with an army of helpers.

“After two days of wiring and fusing, Ed Rhodes, Graham Ruck and Roger Marsh had their skills put to the test when Ed pushed the red button and up went, what I believe to be, the most spectacular fireworks display the valley has ever seen.

“The main beneficiary for this year’s event will be The Devon Freewheelers charity, which provides a voluntary service delivering essential blood and medical supplies throughout Devon.”

He thanked Sir John and Lady Cave and Alan Derryman of Home Farm for their continued support.

Thanks also went to Rodney Cross; Roger Marsh and Rob Hatterell for creative work on the bonfire; Chelsea Cross; Rachel and Gwenanne – who decked out the marquee with a David Bowie theme – and Sidmouth Scaffolding, which donated the stage.

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