Raise cash for charities at annual Cantley Park fireworks spectacularBy Jon Nurse
October 31, 2012
Fireworks displays blast into action across the borough with Wokingham’s Charity Fireworks Spectacular expecting thousands of visitors next month.
The Bonfire Night celebration at Cantley Park is in its 24th year and organisers are aiming to raise more than £25,000 for charity on Saturday, November 3.
Hosted by The Windsor Forest Unicorn Club, the evening, expected to attract 8,000 visitors, will start with a torchlight procession leaving the town centre at around 6pm.
Unicorn club member Jack Rayner said: “The procession is always stunning. It’s an amazing sight to see 500 flaming torches led by St Sebastian Wokingham Band and various local dignitaries.”
The procession will head to Cantley Field where there will be a funfair and fireworks at 7.30pm.
“This year’s display promises to be even better than previous years,” Mr Rayner added. “We believe it’s the biggest display in the area, lasting 25 minutes.
“We would like to thank the people of Wokingham and the surrounding district for their past support, and hope that they will support us again this year.”
Radio DJ Luke Smith will play tunes for the arena with Heart FM and be joined by Heart Angels who will be giving away freebies.
The night’s entertainment ends with a big bonfire, for which the theme remains a secret but The Wokingham Times has been told it will be delivered On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
All proceeds will go to Wokingham Cancer Care, the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, DEBRA and more than 10 other charities working in the borough.
There will be no parking at Cantley Field. However, free parking will be available in town council car parks in the evening.
Tickets are £4 in advance or £6 on the day, with children under seven free.
They are available at Wokingham Town Hall information centre, Tesco in Finchampstead Road, Barclays Bank in Market Place or Newbury Building Society in Broad Street.
Around the borough, big fireworks displays are also planned in Twyford, Earley, Lower Earley, Swallowfield, Crowthorne and Eversley with full details available at www.getwokingham.co.uk.