Community bonfire is a roaring success

Clitheroe Community Bonfire
Clitheroe Community Bonfire

“Top” was the word used to describe this year’s Clitheroe Community Bonfire, uttered by Golden Ticket winner 13-year-old Charlotte Williams, who helped light the six metre high blaze.

The other lucky people, who wielded the torch for performing the most important job on the night were her eight-year-old brother, George, together with Hilda Makinson.

Counting down to the signal for the fireworks display to begin were Golden Ticket winners sisters Isobel (12) and Georgie Drinkwater (10). The countdown was conducted by Town Crier Roland Hailwood.

“This year it was decided to use the Castle Keep as the backdrop to the firework display and the results were stunning. Every window in the town must have afforded an excellent view, but none as good as the castle field,” said bonfire committee chairman Andy Belcham.

Appetites were appeased by a hog roast and a pancake stall that seemed to have a queue at least 20 metres long all evening. The flashing toys were a sell out adding colour and ensuring the event went ahead safely with no sparklers allowed on the field.

This year’s event was blessed with dry weather, but the wind did pick up in the evening meaning the fireworks had to be lit slightly earlier than planned.

Read future articles in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times for details of how much the two chosen charities – North West Air Ambulance and Life Education – will benefit from the ticket sale proceeds.

The firework display was kindly sponsored by several local businesses and without their generous support proceeds from the event would be greatly reduced. The local companies which sponsored the event were: Hanson Cement Group, Dugdale Nutrition, The Paper Cup Company, the Town Mayor’s Charity Fund, Subway, Brian Price, Schofield and Pickup, Trutex Ltd, Miller Homes and Clitheroe Town Council. Ribble Valley Borough Council not only sponsored the event, but also allowed the use of the castle field and assisted with the administration.

“A huge thank you to you all,” said Andy Belcham on behalf of the committee.

Thanks were also expressed to the 60 plus volunteers and stewards from local service organisations who helped with the event. These included volunteers from Clitheroe Lions, Clitheroe Round Table, Pendle View Rotary Club, Clitheroe Rotary Club and Ribblesdale Rotary Club. The bonfire committee is made up of representatives from each organisation and meets regularly from July onwards.

This year the committee has a new chairman Andy Belcham who approached his role with panache and enthusiasm and is already planning 2015’s event.