Bonfire will remember WW1 in Cowbeech

Cowbeech Bonfire Society celebrations last year. By Sally Wallis.
Cowbeech Bonfire Society celebrations last year. By Sally Wallis.
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The 100th anniversary of World War One will be commemorated at Cowbeech Bonfire Society’s fireworks display, which will be choreographed to a selection of military music.

The event, which takes place on October 31, is prepared entirely by volunteers for the Cowbeech Bonfire Society, who give up a day’s work to ensure that the spectacle takes place.

Les Webb, a Cowbeech Bonfire Society committee member, said: “With so many willing volunteers, the cost of this very expensive display is kept to a minimum in the expectation that a profit will be generated to be used to boost the funds available to give support to local good causes.

“Earlier this year £7,800 was distributed to local organisations and no doubt many of these will have had members whose forbears made the ultimate sacrifice in World War 1.

“The pyrotechnics team on the other hand are all fully insured professionals who ensure that everyone’s safety is their first priority.

“Year after year they have produced fantastic displays that were each described as ‘the best ever’ and they surely will maintain these standards in 2014.

“Bearing in mind that October 31 is Halloween, it would be totally spooky if no entrant in the children’s fancy dress was a demon, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, a witch, a zombie, a mummy or a skeleton.

“There are prizes to be won and classes for a variety of ages up to 15-plus.

“Pumpkin carving has a class of its own and, judging by previous years, these can be pretty scary too.

“The fancy dress is free to enter and takes place in the car park of the Merrie Harriers, so please be prompt as the judging starts at 6.30pm.”

The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks display will take place at around 8pm.

The display will take place in the enclosed Bonfire Field which is away from the main road.

Les continued: “Costs for fireworks, insurance and food continue to rise steeply but for 2014 the entrance charge of £5 per person has been maintained and, again, those aged 11 or under and accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted for free.

“For additional convenience, there will be temporary toilets provided with no charge to spend a penny.

“From 6.30pm, when the field gate opens, there will be food available in the form of a hog roast as well as a barbeque using good quality, locally sourced produce.”