The day finally dawned, after weeks of very hard work by a team of people and after hours of discussions with the safety authorities, and the forecast was very poor, high winds and rain; gloom all around.
The evening started slowly, a trickle of guests rather than a torrent, the bonfire was lit early because of concerns that it would get too wet in the driving rain. Then a miracle, around 7.00 pm the rain stopped and the crowds came (about 1,600 people), more than last year even to witness a spectacular bonfire burning merrily now in the strong wind and a fantastic fireworks display. The crowds were also entertained by our drummers, stilt walkers and fire juggler all of whom coped very well with the poor weather.
The food and drink all went and the crowds went home happy after a great evening.
The pumpkin completion was another great success with six winners this year. Pictures of the winning entries are below.
Grateful thanks as ever go to the spectators who turned up and helped us raise in excess of £2,000 for the Village Hall.
As ever there are a lot of people who work very hard to ensure that the event is a safe success. They include the villagers who helped monitor the bonfire building and helped set up on the day and clear up afterwards, the marshals on the night directing traffic and looking after safety on the field, Barry and Robert Stocks who looked after the bonfire, the firework crew, Simon, Adrian and Dave, the cricket club who fed and watered all the spectators, the first aiders and their liaison Jane Jarvis, the Village Hall Committee members , the Parish Council for allowing us to use the field, and the Estate for helping set up and clear the bonfire.