Bonfire night in Stamford gets biggest ever crowd

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STAMFORD’S biggest bonfire night event was a roaring success.

The display at Queen Eleanor School on Saturday was attended by more than 2,000 people, a record for the annual event.

A crowd of all ages witnessed a spectacular show of £5,000 worth of fireworks that lasted 20 minutes.

The event is organised every year by the Stamford and District Kiwanis, who give all the profit to local charities and organisations.

President David Epps said: “It was the best we have ever held in terms of attendance and money raised.

“The weather was dry, and we had well over 1,700 people pay to get in.

“Counting the children who didn’t get charged, we could have had more than 2,000. It’s quite a record.”

Mr Epps was delighted with the total raised, which looks to be another record.

He added: “We think we have made between £3,000 and £3,500 profit which will go directly towards local charities and good causes.”

A display at Blackstones Sports and Social Club on Lincoln Road was also successful, drawing a crowd of about 350 and raising £665 for the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.

Stamford town councillor Bob Sandall, who organised the event, said: “The display was brilliant. Everyone I spoke to said they had enjoyed it, and the children thought it was great.”