Community groups take back running of Ely fireworks display - and wow what a night it promises to be

Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard.

Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard. - Credit: Archant

Rotarians, scouts and the promise of a squad of 50 volunteer stewards will run this year’s Ely fireworks display on Cherry Hill – and the Ely Standard has agreed to be its print media partner.

The aim is to ensure a great night of entertainment for the expected 7,000 capacity crowd with a massive boost also expected to the £75,000 raised by charity over the years before it got handed over to private enterprise in 2017.

Detail on the website of Ely Fireworks Ltd – who ran last year’s event – show they handed over £2,000 to charity but this year organisers are hopeful that figure will rocket with the level of support promised.

Organisers plan for the 2017 event – scheduled for November 10 – to retain the £4 admission price (£5 on the night) with a family pass on sale for £12.

Those attending will see one of the country’s most notable manufacturers, Kimbolton Fireworks, who provided fireworks for the 2012 Olympics, put on a spectacular display preceded by lighting of the bonfire and burning of guys made by local school children.

Emma Grima, commercial director of East Cambridgeshire District Council, offered this year’s event back to a community group after rejecting a second application by Ely Fireworks Ltd.

She told the Rotary consortium: “In order to reach a decision of which organisation should be granted consent for the use of council land, I have reviewed all of the information submitted and engaged with the relevant stakeholders.

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“I am pleased to inform you that your application to use Cherry Hill has been successful.”

Rotarian Jeff Hide said the community team consists of Ely, Ely Hereward and Soham Staploe Rotary Clubs “and last, but certainly not least, all the scout groups in the Ely district”.

“Each of the four is providing funding on a common basis and after the necessary costs to run the event, all net profit will be donated to local charities.

“Unlike private companies, which are not obliged to disclose such sensitive information, this year it is a genuine community organisation being run for the community by the community”.

Mr Hide said: “We hope that the public will support the event as it has done in its thousands over the past30 years when the community charities, Round Table and XT41 managed the event providing some £75,000 for charity in the years before their winding up.”

Dr John Wells, chair of Ely District Scouts said: “The people of Ely and surrounding villages have always been very supportive of the hundreds of youth members, their leaders and families involved in local scouting.

“By joining with the Rotary clubs we welcome the opportunity to help make Ely Fireworks a real charity effort raising funds for other worthy causes in our community.”