Roaring success for bonfire night events in Stamford, the Deepings and Rutland

Stamford Queen Eleanor School headteacher Wendy Hamilton lights the bonfire Photo: SM051111-170js
Stamford Queen Eleanor School headteacher Wendy Hamilton lights the bonfire Photo: SM051111-170js
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BONFIRE night events across the Mercury area were roaring successes, raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

In Stamford tow events collected more than £4,000 between them.

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.

The event attracted about 2,000 people and raised between £3,000 and £3,500, both of which are records for the Kiwanis.

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

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 kids thought it was great.”

The Deepings Rugby Club held its annual extravaganza in Deeping St James on Friday and about 800 people turned out to enjoy the show.

The rain held off on a mild night, and the extra money the club put in to the display this year paid off.

Club chairman Mark Owen said: “We had a fantastic display this year. We invested a bit more money and we have had some hugely positive feedback.

“The initial estimate is that we raised about £4,000 which will be split between the club and the Rotary Club of the Deepings once the costs have been taken off.”

Spectators could also enjoy a mini fairground with rides and stalls, and hot food and drink.

Mr Owen added: “People come down and seem to enjoy it. Four or five years ago people had left by 10pm but this year they stuck around longer.

“It’s a good family night out and was a massive success.”

Crowds flocked to firework displays in Oakham, North Luffenham, Cottesmore, Empingham and Morcott.

The Lions Display on Saturday night was held in two halves; one for children and one for adults and there were hundreds of families there enjoying a burger, music and fireworks and raised money for Rutland causes.

The display at The White Horse in Morcott on Saturday also pulled in a large crowd. Entry was free but donations were made to the Jon Egging Trust which was recently formed in the village.

For full details on this year’s events see this week’s Mercury.