Record-breaking Sidbury Fireworks night nets £1,000 for Devon Freewheelers

Sir John Cave,Amanda Bowkett,Roger Davey,Rob Huttrell and Rodney Cross hand over a cheque to Ian Hop

Sir John Cave,Amanda Bowkett,Roger Davey,Rob Huttrell and Rodney Cross hand over a cheque to Ian Hopkins of Devon Freewheelers. Ref shs 49-16TI 3239. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Funds will enable charity to continue providing a life-saving service

Sir John Cave,Amanda Bowkett,Roger Davey,Rob Huttrell and Rodney Cross hand over a cheque to Ian Hop

Sir John Cave,Amanda Bowkett,Roger Davey,Rob Huttrell and Rodney Cross hand over a cheque to Ian Hopkins of Devon Freewheelers. Ref shs 49-16TI 3239. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidbury Bonfire and Fireworks Committee is ending the year with a bang after record crowds helped net £1,000 for the Devon Freewheelers.

The David Bowie-themed night proved a big hit as around 2,500 people turned out to watch ‘the most spectacular display the Sid Valley has ever seen’ and contribute to the four-figure sum to boost local charities.

Devon Freewheelers is the main beneficiary for this year and has welcomed the £1,000 donation that will enable it to carry on life-saving work of delivering vital NHS supplies throughout the county.

Fireworks committee treasurer Roger Davey said: “It was an excellent year. We had far more families than normal – probably because of the fine conditions. Financially, it made up for the last two or three years when bad weather took its toll.


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“We are delighted to be able to give that much money to the Devon Freewheelers and we will also be making a donation of £250 to Sidmouth Voluntary Services and funds to other local charities that are yet to be confirmed.

“I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved and we are looking forward to next year.”

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The money will be gift-aided to increase the overall amount the charity receives.

The fireworks night was hosted in the grounds of Sidbury Manor and highlights included a spaceship-shaped bonfire in honour of the late singer, as well as live music with The Magic Badgers and entertainment from street performers the Paranoid Chickens.

Caroline Retter, the Freewheeler’s fundraising co-ordinator, said: “Thanks very much to the Sidbury Fireworks Committee for all the hard work that went into raising the money – we really appreciate the support.

“The money will be spent enabling the charity to keep providing the life-saving service it offers across Devon.”

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