First fireworks night success for Rotary Club

Fireworks at Leighton Buzzard. Photo by Jane Russell
Fireworks at Leighton Buzzard. Photo by Jane Russell
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Leighton-Linslade Rotary Club’s first fireworks display went off with a bang at Brooklands School on Saturday night.

Thousands of people attended the town’s annual fireworks night, with all proceeds from the event supporting three projects of the Luton and South Beds NSPCC.

Fireworks at Leighton Buzzard. Photo by Jane Russell

Fireworks at Leighton Buzzard. Photo by Jane Russell

The Leighton-Linslade Rotary Club president David Plaster welcomed visitors and special guests, Town Mayor Ray Berry and NSPCC branch chairman Dick Johnson, to the fireworks display.

Ian Summerfield, Rotary Club member in charge of the display, said: “It was a great night, it went really well, our numbers exceeded our expectations, there were a lot of families.

“I think there were about 2,800 people there and they all seemed to really enjoy it.

“There were no incidents on the night and we were supported by the local constabulary.

“We had Dick Johnson from the NSPCC light the bonfire and we are pleased to support the charity.

“I am not sure how much we have raised yet but I know we have met our commitment for this year with the NSPCC.”

A display group, Fully Fused Fireworks, worked the crowds and set off £4,000 worth of explosives.

The money raised on the night for NSPCC will also go towards two projects: Protect and Respect and Letting The Future In. The first aims to protect children at risk of being potentially exploited and the second helps children who have suffered abuse and get their lives back on track.

The rotary club plans to organise the fireworks display again next year.

For a picture special see this week’s Leighton Buzzard Observer.