Popular fireworks set off from new location

Airbourne's firework finale captured by Adam Barnes
Airbourne's firework finale captured by Adam Barnes
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Fireworks were set off to mark the end of Airbourne from a different location after Eastbourne Pier was unable to sponsor the display .

After a packed weekend of flying displays, including four appearances from the popular Red Arrows, eyes were glued to the skies for a final time on Sunday night.

Thousands flocked to Eastbourne seafront to enjoy the firework annual firework display , which has become a traditional way to end Airbourne each year.

The fireworks are usually set off from Eastbourne Pier.

Last year it took place from beaches opposite Princes Park to tie in with the Olympic live site, but this year Eastbourne Borough Council said it had to run the display from the Wish Tower beach after the company which owns and runs the pier could not sponsor the display.

A spokesperson from the council said, “The fireworks, by Frontier Fireworks, are the traditional way to end Airbourne and are always enjoyed by many.

“Prior to the fireworks many visitors came early for a pre party.

“These beaches [at the Wish Tower] have been used for diamond jubilee displays etc,.

“However, it was not the first time the Wish Tower slopes has been used as an entertainment venue on the last night, the same location was used for the very first Airbourne in 1993.

“The pier management team advised that the usual place the display was fired from up until 2011 was not available as it was not something they felt they could sponsor for 2013.”

There were mixed reactions to the new location.

Eastbourne resident Stuart Nye said,“It’s completely the wrong location.

“If you have the pier and are looking inland there’s a good eight beaches where you can get a perfect view.

“It’s a long way from the town to the Wish Tower for people with buggies.”

But Alan Cooper, who came from Hailsham to watch the display, added, “In the evening there was an excellent firework display and perhaps the first from the beach in front of the Wish Tower.”

The council says it will continue to talk with the pier management about future displays. Airbourne returns in 2014 from August 14 to 17.

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