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Display will be a night to remember

PUBLISHED: 21:17 13 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

IT'S nearly time to celebrate 30 sparkling years of firework fun!

Suffolk's premier Guy Fawkes display in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, on November 3, will be the biggest and best yet.

IT'S nearly time to celebrate 30 sparkling years of firework fun!

Suffolk's premier Guy Fawkes display in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, on November 3, will be the biggest and best yet.

Once again, it's being organised by 11th Ipswich Scout Group in conjunction with The Evening Star, with proceeds going to the Scouts and other local charities.

And it's a doubly special occasion because, as well as being the 30th year of the display, it is also the 20th anniversary of the Star's sponsorship.

"The event has grown in stature every year and all this started from very small beginnings," said David Savidge, one of the organisers from 11th Ipswich Scouts.

"The fireworks for the first display cost £100 and attracted a few thousand people.

"We regularly get crowds of more than 30,000 now, and this year we will be letting off £32,000 of fireworks, set to classic chart hits from the last 30 years – everything from Abba to Queen and Robbie Williams to Tina Turner."

The display had its beginnings back in 1971, when 11th Ipswich Scouts met for a Bonfire Night gathering.

Parents used to pool fireworks and cook a few sausages – but they decided it would be a great idea to organise a larger party. But they didn't realise quite how big the party would get!

Dates to Remember, Remember

n 1972: 11th Ipswich Scouts bought 25 of the largest fireworks stocked by Sneezums, a supplier in Ipswich at that time, costing £100, for the first display in Christchurch Park.

n 1981: The Evening Star became the sponsor, and in 1985 top pyrotechnics company Shell Shock were appointed to fire the displays.

n 1987: The October hurricane brought down trees in Christchurch Park, so the display had to switch to the Suffolk Showground. It attracted a crowd of 15,000 people, the biggest yet.

n 1988: The display returned to Christchurch Park, which has been home to the event ever since.

Advance tickets cost £4 for adults and £2.50 for children aged five to 15, representing a 33 per cent saving on the prices which will be charged on the night.

Tickets are available from the following outlets: The Evening Star offices in Lower Brook Street and Adcentre Solar Felixstowe; Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre, Ipswich; Ipswich Entertainments Box Office, Princes Street; Sainsbury's, all Ipswich stores; Keith Avis, High Street, and their store in Buyright Superstore, Hadleigh; United News, Thoroughfare and Turban Centre, Woodbridge; Tourist Information Centres at St Stephen's Lane, Ipswich and Wilkes Way, Stowmarket.

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www.ipswichfireworks.org

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