OUTWELL: Village is getting ready for its massive firework display and fingers crossed for weather
BUSY man is Paul Brenchley. Apart from his many other commitments- not least chairmanship of Wisbech Town FC- he is one of the driving forces behind the annual fireworks display in Outwell. As chairman of the village hall committee, Mr Brenchley and his
BUSY man is Paul Brenchley.
Apart from his many other commitments- not least chairmanship of Wisbech Town FC- he is one of the driving forces behind the annual fireworks display in Outwell.
As chairman of the village hall committee, Mr Brenchley and his committee of eight are once again turning their attention to making a success of the annual fireworks display at the village hall on November 7.
"It's gradually getting better every year," said Mr Brenchley who hopes the evening will raise up to £2,000 for the village hall.
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Doors open at 5.30pm and admission is just £3 for adults, £2 for children with the under 5s being allowed in free of charge.
Big firework displays such as the one at Outwell are now handed to professionals which means a trained operative comes in to set the touch paper to the massive display.
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"Just as well to let the professionals do it," said Mr Brenchley. "The alternative would mean having local volunteers go through rigorous health and safety training."
Contractors are also brought in to provide the pallets that help make the bonfire the central piece of the celebrations.
Mr Brenchley works on the basis that if you want a job done then the best person to ask is a busy person!
"Of course you sometimes get your critics who knock you back but you learn to live with it," he said. "These are the same critics who don't want to volunteer to do anything."
With a barbecue, indoor children's entertainer, fun rides and a well stocked bar Mr Brenchley and his team are confident they have the ingredients for an all around family night out.
"Weather is a big issue" he says. "Luckily the rain has held off for the past four years- let's hope I haven't put the mockers on it but mentioning it this year."
He's lived in the village for 18 years and his wife runs the Crown so they are immersed in village life.
"It's a great place to live and we really hope the fireworks night is again a great success," he added.