Sprinkling of stardust at Sidbury Fireworks

Roger Davey and volunteers standing in front of the bonfire for the Sidbury fireworks display at Sid

Roger Davey and volunteers standing in front of the bonfire for the Sidbury fireworks display at Sidbury manor. Ref shs 5446-44-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Popular annual event pays tribute to David Bowie

Sidbury fireworks

Sidbury fireworks - Credit: Archant

Spectators will be left starry-eyed as Sidbury Fireworks organisers pay tribute to David Bowie in a night that promises to be out of this world tomorrow (Saturday, November 5).

The ever-popular annual event will be held from 5.30pm in the grounds of Sidbury Manor. This year’s title theme is Starman, in honour of the late singer.

A spaceship-shaped bonfire, in recognition of Bowie’s Space Oddity, will take centre stage and crowds can expect a dazzling do - with live music, fire performers and a huge aerial firework display that kicks off at 7.15pm.

Committee treasurer Roger Davey said: “We are hoping for a really good year because we have had a number of years where the weather has not been good. We try to have a different theme each year and David Bowie is topical. There is even a rumour most of us will have Ziggy Stardust face paint on and people are very welcome to come in themed costumes.

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“We are really hoping for a good crowd because all of the proceeds go to local charities. Our main charity this year is Devon Freewheelers.”

There will be a licensed bar – complete with draft ales, ciders and the famous mulled wine – and there will be burgers, hot pork rolls, hot drinks and soft drinks on sale in the marquee.

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Street performers the Paranoid Chickens are making a return appearance to entertain the masses and local band, The Magic Badgers, will be taking to the stage.

The organising committee made a £500 donation last year to the Sid Valley Admiral Nurse campaign.

Tickets are available on the gate and cost £7 for adults, £5 for children under 14 and there is no charge for under-fives.

Organisers have requested that visitors follow the instructions of the marshals when parking on the grass field and advise people to wear sensible clothing and footwear for the outdoor event.

Sparklers are not allowed on site.

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