September 27th, 2016

Going out with a bang?

Going out with a bang? Going out with a bang?
Updated: 10:25 am, May 07, 2015

A MAINSTAY of Redditch’s social calendar is set to be held for what could be the last time.

Generations of people have enjoyed the spectacular fireworks show put on by Redditch Fire Station to mark Bonfire Night.

But this year will be the last time the station will be holding the event as the land used to set off the fireworks and hold the bonfire has been sold to a developer and is expected to be turned into housing from February next year.

The station itself is also set to be relocated at some point in the future. And although it is hoped the new site will have space for the fireworks event it is not guaranteed, meaning this year could be the last one.

Bob Morris, who has been organising the event for close to 40 years, said: “It does look like this will be our last one unfortunately.

“Over the years I’ve seen people who came and watched as children come and bring their children so it’s been passed on through the generations.

“It’s as good an event as you will see and at least we have provided a service for the community and a good night for the kids.”

The event has also raised thousands of pounds for charity with between £2,000 and £2,5000 being donated to good causes last year including the Young Firefighters Association and British Red Cross.

The night takes place on Wednesday, November 5 with gates opening at 6pm with the bonfire being lit at 7.30pm and fireworks from 7.45pm. There will also be hot food and children’s rides. Entry costs £4 for adults and £2 for children.