Organised by Buckingham Town Council, the annual free Bonfire and Fireworks event went ahead despite uncertainty about the weather in the run-up to the event. By Saturday afternoon, the wind had dropped, and the conditions were dry – perfect for the fireworks display.
Because of all the rain the day before the entrance into the paddock was very muddy and with help from volunteers from the 1563 Air Cadets members of the public were guided to an alternative entrance to enter the Bourton Park paddock to watch the event.
The evening began at 6pm with an LED fire cirque performance by Cassia Chloe who walked amongst the crowd entertaining them with a variety of LED costumes including twirling batons of light that displayed the Buckingham ‘swan’ and rainbow LED wings. This was followed by a fantastic firework display provided by Titanium Fireworks. A torchlight parade of Cllrs to light the bonfire, which had been built by the Town Council’s Green Spaces Team, took place after the fireworks. At the end of the evening, Cassia Chloe wowed the crowd with another magnificent display, but this time using fire.
Buckingham Town Council would like to thank the following people who helped to make the evening a success. ORN for donating the pallets to build the bonfire, Waitrose who every year donates cardboard also for the bonfire. Paragon who every year provides the lighting towers, Martin Try for the PA and his witty banter, and the 1563 Air Cadets who helped to marshal the crowd. Vendors: J & L Snacks. Silverstone Brewery, Average Joe Coffee, Oh So Dough, Mr Glow. Buckingham Table made a collection on the night towards local causes and returned in the morning after the event as volunteers to litter pick and ensure the paddock was left clean and tidy which is greatly appreciated.
Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee, said: “Thankfully Buckingham Town Council Town Centre & Events committee and officers took the right decision to continue with the event. It was pleasing to see so many people attending. Fortunately, as we anticipated the weather had cleared by the evening. I’d also like to thank councillors who attended to support the event, particularly Councillor Andy Mahi who not only worked with officers on the day, facilitating the event with our dedicated team of ground maintenance staff and officers, but joined the Buckingham Table on Sunday morning to pick up litter after the event. This was Cllr Mahi’s 16th year working with the officers coordinating this event and I would like to thank him for his continued support and commitment as he hands over the responsibilities to another member of the Town Council.”