IT is that time of year again to wrap up warm and enjoy watching the sky light up as the annual firework display returns.
The Bonfire and Fireworks Display will return from 7.30pm on Saturday, November 2 on the recreation ground next to Uttoxeter Leisure Centre, in Oldfields Road, promising a brighter and bigger experience for all the family.
There will also be a special children’s fireworks show before the lighting of the bonfire at 6.55pm and for the first time the main fireworks will be set to music.
Simon Smith, president of Uttoxeter Lions Club, who have organised the event for 40 years, said: “We’ve been putting on the town’s biggest bonfire event for a long time and it’s proven very popular with the profits helping local causes.
“We’re determined to adapt that winning formula to keep up with the times and give the public what they want.
“We’ve played music during the fireworks in previous years, but this is the first time the bangs have been choreographed to the beats.”
Mr Smith said very small children can be frightened by the loud and spectacular main display, so a scaled down children’s firework show will take place just before the lighting of the bonfire.
The bonfire is Uttoxeter Lions Club’s biggest fund-raising event and raises thousands of pounds for local causes.
A unique feature of the Uttoxeter event is that there are dozens of Guy Fawkes on top of the fire, made by primary school children. The youngsters compete to produce the best guy to win tickets.
Gates to the field open at 6.15pm with the children’s firework at 6.55pm, the fire lit at 7pm and the main fireworks display at 7.30pm. There will be hot and cold refreshments and flashing novelties and glowsticks will be on sale.
Tickets cost £4 in advance for an adult or child or £15 for a family ticket, admitting two adults and up to three children.
Admission on the night is £5 per head or free for under fives.
They are available from Spar, in Ashbourne Road, Kingfisher Way and Rocester, JS News, in High Street, Uttoxeter Shop, in Market Place, Janda News, in Carter Street, Stop and Shop, in Davies Drive, Premier S and A, in Windsor Road, Willisfords, in Carter Street, and Village Shop, in Denstone, or from Lions Club members in the Maltings on Saturday mornings.