Preparations are well underway for this year’s spectacular Driffield Bonfire and Firework display with thousands of people expected to attend. And this year your new local newspaper the Driffield & Wolds Weekly is throwing its full support behind the event by sponsoring the popular display at the Driffield Showground.
For the second year running Driffield Town Council has joined forces with Driffield Showground Events to stage the visual spectacular which will take place on Saturday 7th November.
Last year the Town Council revamped their annual event to make it more spectacular than ever before, which proved a huge success.
Town Clerk Claire Binnington said: “After many years on the same site, we relocated to the Showground last year and it worked really well, especially inviting the fairground rides to attend, it made for a great family evening out, and we are working hard to ensure an equally great event this year.”
Matt Bakes, events manager at the Driffield Showground, said: “2014 was a phenomenal success and we are really looking forward to building on the event making it an unmissable bonfire and fireworks display in the area.”
Local firm, The Fireworkers, is once again in charge of the firework display and is promising a display as spectacular as last year.
“We will be pulling out all the stops for the Driffield bonfire display. We have had it planned for some time and visitors can expect a stunning show with some new fireworks”
– Sally Bates from The Fireworkers
Following the success of last year’s event which saw around 4,500 people attend, this year sees the return of funfair rides, many food outlets and a bar. The event begins at 4.30pm and will finish at 9pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm as usual with the firework display starting at 7.15pm.
This year we at the Driffield & Wolds Weekly and the Town Council are launching a ‘Build a Guy’ competition, with a £50 prize for the winner, sponsored by Sokells.
We are inviting groups such as playgroups, schools, community groups or individuals to design and make their own Guy for the bonfire. The Guys will be judged on the day with the winning entry receiving a voucher from Sokells worth £25, which will be matched by the town council. All guys will then be burnt on the top of the bonfire on the night.
Andy Stabler from Driffield & Wolds Weekly, said: “We are delighted to team up with Driffield Town Council to help promote one of the area’s biggest events of the year.
“We know how important it is, as a local newspaper, to get behind events like this, and we are keen to give our support to as many local clubs and events as possible.”
“We are looking forward to the bonfire and fireworks night, as well as the ‘Build a Guy’ competition which we are running with the town council and Sokells.”
Driffield childminder Andrea Kerry and the children she looks after have already made a start on their Guy. She said: “We started making our guy last week as it linked to our threading theme by sewing up the body parts.
“All the children at the setting are involved in some way making the Guy. It’s a great group activity which has already generated lots of excitement and interest in Bonfire night.”
To enter the ‘Build a Guy’ competition (which is free) simply let Claire know at the Town Council offices or call in to our local office on Brook Street, Driffield.
Admission to the display remains the same as last year at £3 for adults and £1 for children up to the age of 16, with under 5s free.
As in previous years, the event will be supported by volunteers from Driffield Rotary Club, Driffield Lions and the Driffield Para Cadets, without whom the event would be impossible to run. If any other organisation would like to come forward to assist on the evening in exchange for a donation then please contact the Town Council.
The organisers also ask that no personal fireworks or sparklers be brought onto the site. There is free parking available. Advanced tickets can be purchased from the Driffield Town Council offices on Market Walk or the Driffield Showground office.
The Tidy Team will begin building the bonfire on Monday 12th October, so if anyone in Driffield or Little Driffield has any burnable items they wish to be picked up in return for a small donation towards the fireworks, please contact the office on 01377 254160. Collections stop on Friday 23rd October.