Fireworks a real thriller
It was a Thrilling evening for the 18,000 people packed into Christchurch Park on Saturday.
IPSWICH: It was a Thrilling evening for the 18,000 people packed into Christchurch Park on Saturday.
A jaw-dropping display of fireworks worth an incredible �28,000 was accompanied by the popular hits of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
The star, who died in July, was celebrated in fine style as songs including Beat It, Earth Song and Thriller played out as the explosions filled the sky.
The event, sponsored by The Evening Star, featured a fine performance from the Streetwise Inc dance group, based in Felixstowe.
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The youngsters' routine saw them dance along to some of Jackson's best-loved songs, warming the crowd up for the main event.
Also on the bill was top tribute artist James Aston, who brought the multi-million selling singer back to life with an hour-long set of hits on the BBC Suffolk entertainment stage.
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A fun fair and a raft of refreshment stands offered traditional Bonfire Night fare as people of all ages braved the chilly autumnal weather.
Thankfully the downpour that had soaked the park over the previous 24 hours was not repeated and the event, organised by the 11th Ipswich Scout Group, ran smoothly with a succession of rockets going off during a breathtaking 20 minute display.
Dave Baldry, a scout leader and member of the organising committee, said the night had proved a big success, as had the clean-up operation for yesterday's remembrance service, also held in the park.
He said: “It seemed like a very good crowd but it's difficult to know how many people came; something like 18,000 I think.
“The weather was excellent and dry and perfect for fireworks. Everything has gone very, very well this year.”
The display was the 38th organised by the scouts in the town and the proceeds will help cover week-to-week running costs and pay for girls and boys to attend camps around the world.
The weather was also kind for the fireworks display at the Foxhall Stadium which followed a thrilling evening of stock car racing.