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Red skies at night spark fireworks delight
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THE county’s skyline sparkled over the weekend as fireworks celebrations went off with a bang. Thousands of people braved strong winds on Saturday evening to go to Bonfire Night displays across Oxfordshire and help raise money for good causes.
More than 2,000 people attended the display at the Culham Park Motocross venue on Saturday evening where the bonfire was lit by flaming arrows fired by archers from the Clifton Hampden Longbow Society. Yesterday an organiser said she hoped the event will have raised thousands of pounds for soldiers’ charities Help for Heroes and Felix Fund, which supports bomb disposal experts from 11 Explosive Ordance Disposal Regiment, based at Vauxhall Barracks in Didcot. Sue Cornwell said the show was a success, despite wind speeds of more than 40mph which meant it was too dangerous for hot air balloons to take off as planned.
She said: “It is a climax and another tradition for large numbers of families as the nights draw in. The main thing for us is to give something back to the community.”
The Wychwood Primary School and Shipton Cricket Club also hosted their annual show on Saturday evening at the cricket ground in Shipton-under-Wychwood, near Burford. Spectators enjoyed a barbecue, with glow bands and toffee apples on sale for youngsters. Chipping Norton resident Emily Hickman took her children Olivia Keen, 19 months, and Theo Keen, six, to the show. Ms Hickman said it was a nice way of enjoying the outside despite the colder and darker evenings.
She said: “It was fantastic.The fireworks display lasted longer than we have known many events to last for.” All proceeds from the display will go to supporting the school and cricket club.
Displays were also held on Friday by the 22nd Oxford Sea Scouts, off Meadow Lane in Oxford, at RAF Brize Norton, and also at The Three Horseshoes in Garsington. Lorraine Crowther, assistant group sea scout leader, said more than 200 people came to the Donnington event which also featured entertainment from fire-eaters. There were also displays at Didcot, Bicester, Faringdon, Charlbury, Standlake, Iffley and Cassington on Saturday. Last night there were shows from Chipping Norton Rotary Club and Witney Rugby Club.
Displays still to come...
- Saturday: Oxford Round Table, South Park. Gates 5pm, fireworks 6.45pm. £5.50.
Saturday: Risinghurst Playing Fields, Grovelands Road. Gates 6.30pm. £3.
Friday: Hanborough Musical Fireworks at Playing Fields and Pavilion, Long Hanborough. Gates open at 6pm, fireworks from 7.15pm. £3/£2.
SOUTH AND VALE
- Today: Grove Parish Council fireworks, recreation ground, Cane Lane. Gates open at 7pm.
- Tomorrow: John Blandy Primary School, Laurel Drive, Southmoor. Gates 5pm. £2.50.
- Friday: Grove Rugby Club, Cane Lane. Gates 7pm. £5/£3
Saturday: Wallingford, The Kinecroft, Wallingford. Gates 6pm.
- Tomorrow: Kidlington Parish Council, Stratfield Brake Recreation Ground, Frieze Way. Gates 6.30pm. £5/£4.
- Saturday: Horley Scout Camp, near Banbury. £4/£3. Starts at 7pm
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