Warwick fireworks show raises thousands for charity

Warwick's annual bonfire and fireworks event has smashed last year's fundraising total by thousands.

Tuesday, 15th November 2016, 11:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:03 pm
Warwick Town Mayor Christine Cross lighting the bonfire. Photo by Gillian Fletcher.

The fireworks show, which was organised by the Warwick Lions and Rotary Clubs, took place on November 5 and saw record numbers of people attending the event.

The organisers have estimated that around 6,000 people gathered to enjoy the bonfire and fireworks display and because of the sheer number of people trying to get into the town’s racecourse on Hampton Street, the display was delayed.

Despite running online ticket booking for years, this year saw record numbers using the website to pre-book their tickets.

Every year the organisers use the money raised from the event to help local organisations and charities.

This year’s display has managed to raise more than £27,000, which is around £10,000 more than what was raised at last year.

David Shore, chairman of the organising committee, said: “The event was probably our most successful with good weather and a record crowd enabling us to raise more than ever this year. We are still waiting final figures but we are expecting the proceeds to be around £10,000 up on last year.

“I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a success, to our generous sponsors, and to all the volunteer helpers who gave their time and effort to make all happen.”

Warwick fireworks. Photo by Gillian Fletcher

The money raised from the event will be split between the Warwick Lions and Warwick Rotary Clubs charity funds, which will then go towards helping local charities and good causes.

Last year’s proceeds helped the Warwick Lions fund a new classroom for Northleigh House School, which specialises in helping bullied and vulnerable children.

The Lions was also able to help several local charities and also provided support for local families in need with items such as furniture and white goods.

Warwick Rotary Club also used their funds to help local schools and charities.

The Lions and Rotary clubs will start planning next year’s firework and bonfire event after Christmas.

Warwick fireworks. Photo by Gillian Fletcher