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New fireworks night event planned for Lambeth

Lambeth Council’s hugely popular annual fireworks display will this year be a ticketed event held on Wednesday, November 5 at Brockwell Park.

Lambeth residents are being offered early access to discounted tickets so they get the best deal. And we are delighted that every child aged 16 and under will not be charged.

Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Our annual fireworks display is a big draw and I am delighted to have found a way to keep it going through this period of budgets cuts.

“This year it will be more of an event rather and just a fireworks display, with a bonfire for the first time, street style performers and themed areas for children to enjoy throughout the evening.

“Unlike many other London boroughs, we are delighted not to be charging children aged 16 and under.

“I would encourage residents to take advantage of our early bird offer for what I’m sure will be an exciting and fun event.”

The theme for the event is LIGHT and there will also be bars, food and craft stalls with details of more performers to follow. Brockwell Park has been chosen to host the event as it is both large enough and most easily managed in crowd and traffic terms.

By introducing ticketing for its fireworks night Lambeth Council is making a safer event. Last year the show attracted an estimated 100,000 people which the police and fire brigade have advised is too many to manage.

With pressures on the council budget, Lambeth needs help covering the bill for the hugely popular event. It ended up costing the council about £95,000 last year.

The fireworks display is one of a number of events the council puts on throughout the year, including the popular and free Lambeth Country Show which this year costs around £265,000 from the authority’s budget.

The November 5th event entry times will be from 5pm to 10pm

Tickets will be on sale in advance from mid-September. We are expecting the event to sell out online. Visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/fireworks for full information.

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