Driffield Town Council are staging their annual Bonfire and Firework Display at the Driffield Rugby Club this coming Saturday, with the bonfire being lit at 7pm and the spectacular firework display beginning at 7.15pm.
The Tidy Team has been preparing the bonfire for several weeks and are now in the final stages of preparation for the display, which this year, will be even better than ever, thanks to new automatic firing technology.
Town Clerk, Claire Binnington said: “Over the last few years, we have featured increasingly powerful fireworks to ensure our displays are spectacular.
“This year, in line with health and safety guidelines, many of the larger fireworks will be ignited automatically, which is a lot safer for the Tidy Team Chris Brotherton and Andy Wilson.
“The fireworks are purchased from local Driffield firm The Fireworkers, who have been instrumental in training the Tidy Team in the new automatic firing techniques.”
The fireworks are paid for by the admission and donations received the previous year, and once again the Town Council voted to keep the admission the same, at £2 per adult, £1 per child (5-16) and Under 5’s free.
The Mayor, Coun Heather Venter, said: “he Town Council feel very strongly that this event remains affordable for all, especially young families in these times of rising costs.”
The event is real example of partnership working, with the Town Council liaising closely with the Driffield Rugby Club, on whose premises the display takes place, and also with the Driffield Agricultural Society, who kindly loan the showground for free parking.
Volunteers from the Driffield Rotary Club, Driffield Lions and Driffield Para Cadets also play a crucial role in marshalling the event.
This year traffic will be controlled by a traffic light system, to ensure an efficient exit from the site.
Mrs Binningtonsaid: “After talking extensively to the police and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, it was advised that the days of volunteers waving their arms about in the road in the dark was perhaps not the best way forward and in the interests of health and safety, and also to ensure delivery of a well organised and professional event, the exit from the Showground at the Armstrong Massey and Rugby Club end, will be controlled by traffic lights”.
The Driffield Rugby Club will be providing refreshments and the club house bar will also be open. As the mini rugby play on the pitches on Sunday morning, sparklers are not permitted.
Coun Venter said: “We hope that everyone will come along and enjoy the fireworks and, as Mayor, I would like to say a special big thank you to the Tidy Team, Chris and Andy, who work tirelessly to ensure a fantastic bonfire and spectacular display
“We are very fortunate that we are able to provide such quality event delivered by our very own staff”.
Wood for the fire has been collected following an appeal for burnable items which the Tidy Team picked up from houses around the town in return for a £5 donation towards the fireworks. Web link: www.driffieldtowncouncil.org.uk