LETTER: Rain did affect firework display

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I would like to thank the members of the bonfire society, my friends, who give up their time and work hard to put on the spectacular event every year.

Particularly our pyrotechnic team, who raise money through shows to pay for fireworks, our marshals, collectors, programme writers and sellers, torch makers, logistics team, firesite workers, bonfire builders, effigy makers, merchandise team, banner makers, not to mention those that write the risk assessments, numerous documentations and liaise with all the various authorities.

We don’t expect praise for it as we do have a lot of fun planning, fundraising and working all year round.

This year it was unfortunate that we had such dreadful weather both in the afternoon for the 950th celebrations and in the evening for the bonfire event. Safety has to be our top priority and due to the extreme windy conditions the fireworks were cut down to an absolute minimum. It would have been negligent of us to have done otherwise.

Likewise there were no banger bins this year.

The heavy rain affected both our torches and fireworks but none the less I believe it was still a marvellous spectacle and an enjoyable free event that the Hastings public could enjoy.

Reg Wood

Secretary

Hastings Borough Bonfire Society

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