Peterborough Fireworks Fiesta makes a bang for charity

Eric Dickens (Chairman of Firework Fiesta),Joanne Marriott (Senior Hospice Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall), Colin Harrison (Peterborough Rotary Club)

Eric Dickens (Chairman of Firework Fiesta),Joanne Marriott (Senior Hospice Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall), Colin Harrison (Peterborough Rotary Club)

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The organisers of Peterborough’s Firework Fiesta shared donations of over £22,000 between Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and over 20 local charities and good causes.

The money was handed over at a presentation evening held at Milton Golf Club on May 13.

The cash had been raised at last year’s Firework Fiesta, which attracted record crowds and was sponsored by Peterborough-based Fusion Contact Centre Services, part of the BGL Group.

The Rotary Clubs of Peterborough and Peterborough Minster and Round Table, who organise the event, nominated their chosen charities to benefit from the proceeds of Peterborough’s longest running and largest community bonfire and firework display.

Chairman of the Firework Fiesta committee, Eric Dickens, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the work of so many good causes. Over the years, Firework Fiesta has raised around £500,000 for small local charities and good causes, all specifically chosen because they haven’t received grants or any government funding.

“We are particularly grateful for the continuing sponsorship of the BGL Group, without whose support Firework Fiesta simply wouldn’t happen and the money

Now in its 38th year, the event attracts around 8,000 visitors from across Peterborough and the wider Cambridgeshire and Nene Valley region.

This year’s event will take place at Peterborough Arena at the East of England Showground on Saturday November 7 and is the biggest of its kind in East Anglia, with a spectacular display of fireworks choreographed to music, live music, food outlets and fairground rides.