Thousands brave the cold for Wetherby Community Bonfire

Thousands of people watched the skies as a spectacular fireworks display played above Wetherby.

Crowds braved the cold Autumn air and watched as The Ings came alive with an incredible display, which lit up the night sky.

It was the first year that Wetherby Sports Association have taken over the organisation of this popular local event and as with any well oiled plan, it doesn't always go a smooth as you would like.

Unfortunately the fairground let the organisers down for a second year which was a huge disappointment to some - from our personal point of view it was refreshing that the kids found their own entertainment. Our youngest who is 6 years old had an amazing time meeting friends, laughing and have good old fashioned fun. Between them all they joined in with the ohhh's and ahhhh's and were oblivious to the fact that there was no machinery or technology to keep them amused.

Volunteers are what makes Wetherby so special, a huge thank you and well done to everyone who played a part in last nights event.

There is also something a little more special about this years event...

Wetherby Sports Association want to take the Bonfire back to it's Community roots and as such want to use the Bonfire as a vehicle to start the Wetherby Sports Association Community Fund.

The outpouring of support following the devastating floods of Boxing Day 2015 left the committee feeling humbled and fired a need to put something back into the Community. Without the donations from both individuals and local businesses this year, there is no doubt that we would have had to close our doors for good after the insurance company refused to pay out to rebuild the MUGA surround and associated damage.

The Sports Association are proposing that providing funding is in place for the following year’s bonfire, half of the profit will form the Wetherby Sports Association Community Fund. The fund will be open to not-for-profit community groups and events to apply for grants for local projects – such as Wetherby in Bloom, Wetherby Christmas Lights, scouting and guiding projects etc. The remaining profit would be reinvested into the Sports Association, itself a not-for-profit registered charity which I'm sure you will agree is very much a lynchpin of local sporting events.

With donations from local businesses, councillors and individuals we have obviously managed to get the event off the ground for 2016. However, without your support, we can't build the Community Fund. So, grab your tickets, wrap up warm (it looks like being a chilly one) and come on down and support this great Community event.

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