Campaign for fireworks display funding in Woodbridge fails to hit target total

Woodbridge Carnival fireworks 2015.

Woodbridge Carnival fireworks 2015. - Credit: Archant

Lack of support has put a dampener on hopes of bringing fireworks back to a Suffolk town next year.

People in Woodbridge were asked to pledge towards a crowdfunding campaign if they wanted to see a repeat of the display that brought this summer’s carnival to a close. But the appeal has fallen short of its £3,500 target – with just £194 donated last month.

The campaign was launched by the town’s business and tourism association, Choose Woodbridge, which paid for a climactic 17-minute display over The Abbey School playing fields on July 4.

With feedback suggesting demand for another display in 2016, Choose Woodbridge asked residents to vote on when it should take place and help raise the necessary funding.

With about £335 already raised on the night of this year’s display, the aim was to raise £3,500 towards the required £5,000 cost, with Choose Woodbridge making up the difference.

At the time, the not-for-profit organisation said the fate of Woodbridge’s fireworks was in the hands of the community – but despite 33 people voting on their preferred date for another display, the campaign attracted just 17 donations.

Nevertheless, Choose Woodbridge said it had been a worthwhile exercise in gauging public opinion on the matter.

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A spokesman added: “We feel this has been a really useful piece of research as Choose Woodbridge wants to focus its energy on delivering things that genuinely benefit the town and its businesses – and the only people who can inform those decisions are our members and the residents of Woodbridge and surrounds.

“We’ve asked the question and we’ll listen to the answer. There’s plenty of work to do that does tick these boxes, so we shall concentrate our efforts on these elements. For example, the 2016 Town Guide, the website and eNews and drafting our next five year plan through the new steering group and making sure that is delivered successfully.”

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