Gallery: Spectacular fireworks display goes ahead in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, despite initial wind fears
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The annual firework display in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, went ahead as planned this year, despite initial concerns about weather conditions.
High winds lingering after Monday’s storm caused some concern about the event. Christchurch Park was temporarily closed after several trees were downed by the storm.
However following confirmation that the display would go ahead thousands of people flocked to the park.
At 7pm last night the Guy Fawkes and lantern procession got under way and the event also included a fun fair, live music and fire jugglers.
Just before 8pm it was announced that the effigy of Guy Fawkes would not be burnt due to the high winds.
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However any disappointment was abated with the onset of the firework display, as £25,000 of fireworks lit up the sky over Ipswich to tunes such as Titanium by David Guetta, Latch by Disclosure, and Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia.
Mike Hollingsworth, Assistant Group Leader for the 11th Ipswich Scouts which organised the event, said the weather proved favourable on the day.
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“It’s all going very well, the weather hasn’t been as bad today as was being suggested to me by the Met Office at 8am. We did have some rain but not the heavy rain that they were forecasting. We have had a steady stream of people coming in,” he said.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to come and enjoy themselves in a safe atmosphere. I think this is the important thing that staging a fireworks display like this does enable families to come out and to do that in safety.
“We’ve heard so much over the years about issues where things have unfortunately gone wrong when people have had their own private firework parties. This is an opportunity to come and enjoy and go home safely.”
Mike and his team will only have short rest before planning gets underway for next year’s firework display.