Planning is underway for our 50th anniversary event -
Saturday 6th November 2021 at Christchurch Park, Ipswich
2020 Event Cancelled!
First time in 49 years Christchurch Park fireworks will not be going ahead...
The 11th Ipswich Scout Group has taken a considered decision to not go ahead with the annual fireworks display in Christchurch Park, Ipswich this year. This is the first time in 49 years, the annual fundraising event has been cancelled.
Due to take place on Saturday 31 October, the regions’ biggest musical fireworks display, which attracts over 10,000 people from across the town and beyond is organised by a small team of volunteers from the 11th Ipswich Scout Group. The annual event is the Groups’ largest fundraising event of the year. Income from the event has funded a purpose-built meeting place, vehicles and equipment as well as subsidised activities and international travel for young people across Ipswich.
Ollie Arthur, Event Manager, explained: “Our top priority is the safety of our volunteers, the public and contractors. With no certainty about what the future holds and the potential for a virus resurgence and further lockdown measures possible, the Group Executive Committee has reluctantly come to this decision”.
“We have left the decision as late as we could, in the hope that we’d be in a position where we could successfully and safely produce a family friendly night of fireworks and entertainment, we have become known for”.
The last time the annual event was in jeopardy, was when Christchurch Park closed for a month following the great storm of 1987. An enormous planning exercise saw the fireworks display move from Christchurch Park to the Suffolk Showground, all within the space of a week and carried on successfully.
Chris Baldry, Production Manager, said: “We have already begun planning for our 50th anniversary year in 2021 and fully expect to be back with a bang!”
“We’d like to thank all our volunteers and supporters who make our events so successful and the public for their continued custom. We can’t wait to see you again next year”.
Any local businesses interested in becoming event sponsors for the 50th anniversary fireworks display on Saturday 6 November 2021 at Christchurch Park should visit the ‘Sponsor Us’ page at www.ipswichfireworks.com