26th Oct, 2016

Pershore's fireworks will be back with a bang

Joshua Godfrey 28th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PERSHORE’S popular annual firework display will go with a bang once again after a cash injection from a local housing developer.

The future of the event was uncertain after hard-working members of the Royal Naval Association (RNA) handed over organisation of annual extravaganza due to a lack of man power.

But the popular attraction will continue to sparkle thanks to a £500 donation from Redrow Homes, who are currently developing the Abbey Meadows site off Croome Road.

Chiefs at the housing firm responded to a rallying call from Pershore Town Council to find a sponsor for November’s event.

Councillors revealed earlier this year the RNA would no longer be able to fully fund or organise the popular event.

The Mayor of Pershore, Coun Tony Rowley did approach the Rotary Club to see if they could help with the display but were unable to provide any financial assistance.

As part of the new deal, Pershore Town Council have also agreed to provide personnel and £250 to secure the display which has been drawing in the crowds for the past six years.

Despite no longer organising the event, kind-hearted members of the RNA will still be handing over £500 from money raised in past bucket collections.

However, future firework displays remain uncertain as there is only funding for 2015, meaning the council will have to find a another sponsor for next year or include the event in its budget.

Town Clerk Ann Dobbins said: “It was unfortunate that the RNA decision came too late for funds to be included in the 2015 Town Council budget and the money kindly donated by Redrow Homes means the event can now go ahead.

“The Town Council will consider future funding when it meets to debate the 2016 budget over the coming months.”

Pauline Turnbull, sales director for Redrow Homes in the Midlands, said: “The annual firework display is a real community event enjoyed by the people of Pershore.

“When we heard that that this year’s event was in doubt due to a lack of funding we were happy to step in and make up the shortfall.

“We hope our donation of £500 will help the event go with a bang,” she added.