Weather does not dampen spirit of Sidbury Fireworks

PUBLISHED: 18:32 04 November 2008 | UPDATED: 11:33 17 June 2010

POURING rain did not put a dampener on Sidbury Fireworks which went ahead as planned last Saturday. Organisers had already faced problems as there was speculation that the main A375 road would be closed due to road-works. However, the road was open as nor

POURING rain did not put a dampener on Sidbury Fireworks which went ahead as planned last Saturday.

Organisers had already faced problems as there was speculation that the main A375 road would be closed due to road-works.

However, the road was open as normal and it was the weather in the end that had the organisers biting their nails.

Brad Jenkins, chairman of Sidbury bonfire and fireworks committee, said: "It was not as busy as last year which the weather played a big part in.

"There were over 1000 people there but normally we would like to see 2000.

"The committee and helpers worked tirelessly through the afternoon to weather-proof the fireworks and hold down the gazebos after the weather took a turn for the worst."

The people who braved the downpour were treated to the spectacular firework display, designed by local pyrotechnic Ed Rhodes, which was electronically fired and cost over £7000.

Up-and-coming band Nula and the Alcame Quartet performed a set before the firework display to entertain the masses.

Revellers sipped on mulled wine, Burscombe cider and Bransombe Beer and Drew's the Sidbury butcher served homemade burgers, hotdogs and soup.

The sponsors of the event were treated to canapés and brandy hot chocolate by Andy and Annette of the Salty Monk.

Organisers predict that the amount raised will be down on last year as a result of the atrocious weather.

Roger Davey, treasurer of the fireworks committee, said: "We hope to have some surplus funds available for distribution to local charities, although the funds available will obviously be affected by the smaller crowd, due to the atrocious weather conditions.

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