Crowdfunding venture launched to pay for Woodbridge fireworks display

Woodbridge Carnival fireworks 2015.

Woodbridge Carnival fireworks 2015. - Credit: Archant

People in an east Suffolk town are being asked to vote with their cash if they want a fireworks display next year.

A crowdfunding project has been launched to raise the cash needed for a display in Woodbridge – and people have until the end of the month to contribute a total of £3,500 for the display to go ahead.

They also have the opportunity to vote for when they would like the display to take place.

If the cash total is not reached, there will be no display in 2016.

Organising the venture is the town’s business and tourism association Choose Woodbridge, which paid for a spectacular 17-minute firework display at Woodbridge Carnival to show the town what it’s been missing.

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Feedback suggests there is demand in the community for another display next year but Choose Woodbridge is unable to fully fund it and so has set up a Just Giving Crowd Funding page.

Chris Harrold, chairman of Choose Woodbridge, said: “We’ve listened to the businesses and residents and many feel a display later in the year around Halloween or Bonfire Night would be better than a summer display. The main reason is that it could be earlier in the evening so youngsters could enjoy it too.

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“We’ll ensure the money raised goes to putting on a display at the most popular time of year.

“We’ve set up a poll on where people can vote on when they would prefer to have the fireworks.

“We will be guided by the people on this one. We’re very much leaving the fate of Woodbridge fireworks in the hands of the community.”

Mr Harrold said it was hoped people would pledge £2 each – or more if they could afford it. Some £335 had already been raised on the night of this year’s display and the objective is to raise £3,500 towards the £5,000 needed, with Choose Woodbridge making up the difference.

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