Friday, 06 August 2021

40 years of fireworks

ABOUT 1,300 people attended Henley Round Table’s 40th annual fireworks display at Swiss Farm on Saturday night.

ABOUT 1,300 people attended Henley Round Table’s 40th annual fireworks display at Swiss Farm on Saturday night.

BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Andrew Peach led the countdown, accompanied by his two children.

Windy conditions meant the bonfire had to be lit earlier than planned so that it could burn more slowly and some of the larger fireworks could not be set off for safety reasons.

Round Tablers ran a bar and hog roast while members of Henley Rotary Club sold hot dogs and mulled wine. Other attractions included fairground rides and stalls.

The event raised about £5,000 which will be donated to charities, voluntary groups and individuals as part of Henley Round Table’s Helping Hands campaign as well as paying for Bishopswood Special School’s Christmas party at Phyllis Court Club. George Thomas, one of the event convenors, said: “We had fairly challenging weather conditions but it all went well and it was still an excellent display. It is nice to see lots of people come back year after year.”

The main sponsor was IBS Office Solutions while Southern Plant and Tool Hire provided generators and lighting and staff from Henley Contracting donated their time.

Henley sea cadets helped steward the event and William Borlase, whose family allow the event to take place on their land, organised a collection for the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe. Wood for the bonfire was provided by residents and local businesses including Jewson, Gibbs & Dandy, Wilkins Removals and Higgs Group.

Charities and worthy causes can apply for money by emailing chairman @henleyroundtable.co.uk

To see more pictures, visit www.henleystandard.co.uk

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