Long Melford: Robot ‘Guy’ will top bonfire at Big Night Out

THE bonfire at one of Suffolk’s biggest firework events is set to be topped with an unusual version of legendary gunpowder plot instigator, Guy Fawkes.

The ‘Robot Guy’ made by Long Melford Primary School students Theo and Savannah Tanswell as part of an annual competition, will take centre stage at The Big Night Out on November 2.

Now in its 45th year, the event in the grounds of Long Melford Hall is supported by the EADT and raises around �10,000 every year for local good causes. This season’s display will feature a ‘pyro-music’ firework show on the theme “Rock Diamonds” to mark the Queen’s Jubilee year.

The 10 guys made by students for the school challenge will all be linked together with a tracker flash that will explode as the bonfire is lit.

Competition prizes were awarded for first, second, third and runner-up guys.


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Lewis Bedwell, 6, who came second with his more traditional Guy Fawkes, will also have the honour of pressing the trigger button.

Head teacher Sandra Hoskin said the school had enjoyed a long and important association with the Big Night Out, adding: “We use it as a learning opportunity both from the historical point of view and for debating skills. It is also a great way to get the firework safety message across.”

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Big Night Out administrator Andrew Hagger said orgnanising body, Project 7, hoped to donate to 55 groups from this year’s proceeds. He added: “We are hoping to take the Big Night Out back to its traditional roots as a really fun family event.”THE bonfire at one of Suffolk’s biggest firework events is set to be topped with an unusual version of legendary gunpowder plot instigator, Guy Fawkes.

The ‘Robot Guy’ made by Long Melford Primary School students Theo and Savannah Tanswell as part of an annual competition, will take centre stage at The Big Night Out on November 2.

Now in its 45th year, the event in the grounds of Long Melford Hall is supported by the EADT and raises around �10,000 every year for local good causes. This season’s display will feature a ‘pyro-music’ firework show on the theme “Rock Diamonds” to mark the Queen’s Jubilee year.

The 10 guys made by students for the school challenge will all be linked together with a tracker flash that will explode as the bonfire is lit.

Competition prizes were awarded for first, second, third and runner-up guys.

Lewis Bedwell, 6, who came second with his more traditional Guy Fawkes, will also have the honour of pressing the trigger button.

Head teacher Sandra Hoskin said the school had enjoyed a long and important association with the Big Night Out, adding: “We use it as a learning opportunity both from the historical point of view and for debating skills. It is also a great way to get the firework safety message across.”

Big Night Out administrator Andrew Hagger said organising body, Project 7, hoped to donate to 55 groups from this year’s proceeds. He added: “We are hoping to take the Big Night Out back to its traditional roots as a really fun family event.”

For more listings of bonfire night events in Suffolk, see our autumn fun section.

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