The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War will be commemorated at Cowbeech Bonfire Society’s fireworks display in the village, which will be choreographed to a selection of military music.
The event, which takes place on October 31, is prepared entirely by society volunteers, who give up a day’s work to ensure that the spectacle takes place. Committee member Les Webb said, “With so many willing volunteers the cost of this very expensive display is kept to a minimum in the expectation that a profit will be generated to support local good causes.
“Earlier this year £7,800 was distributed to local organisations and no doubt many of these will have had members whose forbears made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. The pyrotechnics team are all fully insured professionals who ensure that everyone’s safety is their first priority.
“Year after year they have produced fantastic displays that were each described as ‘the best ever’ and they surely will maintain these standards in 2014.
“Bearing in mind that October 31 is Halloween it would be totally spooky if no entrant in the Children’s Fancy Dress was a demon, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, a witch, a zombie, a mummy or a skeleton.
“There are prizes to be won and classes for a variety of ages up to 15+. Pumpkin carving has a class of its own and judging by previous years these can be pretty scary too. The fancy dress is free to enter and takes place in the car park of The Merrie Harriers. Judging starts at 6.30pm.”
The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks display will begin at around 8pm. It’s in the enclosed Bonfire Field which is away from the main road.
Mr Webb continued, “Costs for fireworks, insurance and food continue to rise steeply but for 2014 the entrance charge of £5 per person has been maintained. Those aged 11 or under and accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted for free.
“For additional convenience there will be temporary toilets provided with no charge to spend a penny. From 6.30pm when the field gate opens there will be food available in the form of a hog roast as well as a barbecue using local produce.”