ORGANISERS of the regatta fireworks say this year’s display will be the last in its present form.
They say the annual display has become too costly since it was stopped from being held on royal regatta land in 2009.
The display was saved by Billy Pinches with the help of Henley Lions and Lady McAlpine, of Fawley Hill, in 2010.
For the last four years, it has been held at Mr Pinches’ Meadows Farm Field, off Marlow Road, but the organisers say this has increased the cost. In a letter to this week’s Henley Standard, Lady McAlpine says: “Because the fireworks can no longer be let off on regatta land, they have to be set up far too far away from the town.
“Therefore, to be seen from the town, the fireworks have to be higher than usual, resulting in much higher costs. Obviously the greater the cost of the fireworks, the less there is in the pot for the charities who should be benefiting.”