Threat hangs over bonfire night display

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Newmarket’s annual Bonfire Night fireworks display will not go ahead this year unless a new venue, or a sponsor can be found.

One of the organisers Barrie Hough, of Newmarket Lions, told town councillors on Monday the popular annual event could have been held for the last time after nearly 40 years.

He said the group was no longer able to use parkland behind Exning House on the Exning Estate and unless it could find another venue there would be no display this year. “More recently this has become the sole remaining such event serving Newmarket and it is under threat,” he said. “As things stand the town will have no fireworks display in 2014 or thereafter.”

Mr Hough said 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.

“If like some places we were lucky enough to have a major sponsor come forward to cover the costs then such a location would not be an issue,” said Mr Hough.

Cllr Joy Uney said: “It would be very sad to see this go as I know that this year alone the Lions made substantial donations to the Street Sports initiative and a holiday scheme. Everything they make comes back to the community.”

Suggestions were made by members of the leisure services committee for a new venue including the George Lambton playing field and the grounds of the former St Felix Middle School in Fordham Road.

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