Fireworks fizzle out

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There will be no public fireworks displays in Newmarket or Exning on bonfire night as organisers have not been able to find a suitable venue.

Barrie Hough of Newmarket Lions, which has run the popular event for more than three decades, warned town councillors in the summer that the traditional display was under threat and might have been held for the last time.

“For over 30 years Newmarket Lions Club has organised Bonfire Night celebrations in Exning, but we are no longer able to use the magnificent parkland behind Exning House,” said Mr Hough. He added that despite considerable efforts to identify a suitable alternative venue and the support of town councillors Joy Uney and Dave Hudson, they had not be successful.

And he made a direct appeal to Journal readers. “Here is a challenge for the community. Over the years we have built up a trained team of firers and a large quantity of specialist equipment to put on large firework displays, and we look forward to hearing from any individuals, community groups, or sports clubs who would like to join with us in exploring possibilities for 2015.”

He said that because of the cost of putting on the event, admission had to be charged so any new location would have to be a secure one.

“Our events have raised a great deal of money for local organisations and good causes down the years. We could keep alive the tradition and do some good at the same time.” If you can help contact Newmarket Lions by letter c/o the Rutland Arms) or e-mail