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18th Oct, 2021

Autumn spectacular unveiled to replace town fireworks display

Ross Crawford 12th Oct, 2021

A SPECTACULAR week-long event to light up Arrow Valley Park is being promised by Redditch Borough Council instead of its usual firework display to mark Guy Fawkes Night.

Called ‘Autumn Celebrations’ it will run from October 25-30 and feature a free light trail, music, children’s rides and food stalls every evening from 5pm until 8.30pm for families to enjoy.

And on Friday and Saturday October 29-30, visitors can also join in with a lantern walk around the lake from 6pm plus live music and street theatre entertainment.

Visitors can bring their own lanterns, or they can take part in lantern making activities running at Arrow Valley Visitors Centre on October 25, 26 and 27 at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

There are limited spaces available on the courses, so peopel should book in advance by calling 01527 534000.

The sessions cost £3 per child and can be paid in cash on the day of the activity.

The light trail and event will be focused around the visitor’s centre so anyone wishing to walk around the lake outside of the organised lantern walks is advised to bring their own torch if it’s dark.

The council said the decision to replace the fireworks display was taken with the event’s increasing costs and security issues in mind.

Councillor Mike Rouse, whose portfolio covers leisure, said: “I appreciate this is something a bit different, and for some the change from a fireworks display will be a difficult adjustment.

“However I also know that this new event has the potential to be a spectacular and enjoyable one for a great many people; especially our town’s young people who have had it particularly tough over the last 18 months.”

Council Leader Matt Dormer added: “After more than a year of not much happening anywhere, I’m pleased our team have organised a free, week-long autumn event.

With Covid figures still on the rise across the borough and autumn bringing the usual bout of illness and bugs, this is a much safer option than having a lot of people together in close proximity for a single night.”

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