Community and living

Lambeth’s fireworks event edges closer…

Brockwell Park is gearing up for its best fireworks celebration to date, with people being encouraged to get their tickets before November 5th.

This year’s event is ticketed for the first time with bars, food stalls and street-style performers complimenting the display itself, which will be produced by Titanium Fireworks who also organised the London Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2012.

Children under 16 will go free and adult tickets are just £6 for Lambeth residents and £7 for visitors to the borough.

Performers include Glastonbury festival favourites Lords of Lightning and Emergency Exit Arts who will be showing off a giant mechanical fire bird and human Catherine Wheel.

Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Lambeth cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “This year’s event is more than just a firework display; it’s going to be a fantastic night of entertainment for people of all ages.

“There is a lot of pressure on our finances at the moment but the fireworks is such an important night in the calendar, I’m delighted we’ve found a way to keep it going while making sure children can still come in for free.

“It’s going to be a really fun night and I’d encourage everyone to book their tickets as soon as possible.”

By introducing ticketing for its fireworks night Lambeth Council is making it a safer event. Last year the display attracted an estimated 80,000 people which the key event planning safety officers including the emergency services have advised is too many to manage unless the event was changed and ticketed.

With pressures on the council budget, Lambeth also needs help covering the bill for the hugely popular event.  Last year’s display ended up costing the council about £100,000.

The fireworks 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 cost around £265,000 from the authority’s budget.

The November 5th event entry times will be from 5pm to 10pm at Brockwell Park.  Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/fireworks for full information.



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