Fireworks night to really take off

PUBLISHED: 16:41 30 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

GET set for a breathtaking firework spectacular!

This year's Guy Fawkes display in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, takes place on Saturday , presented by 11th Ipswich Scouts in conjunction with The Evening Star.

GET set for a breathtaking firework spectacular!

This year's Guy Fawkes display in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, takes place on Saturday , presented by 11th Ipswich Scouts in conjunction with The Evening Star.

And it will be the biggest, best and brightest yet.

Please arrive early to avoid delays at the entrances. More than 32,000 people are expected to go along for the big event, with gates opening at 6pm and the display starts at 8pm. The park closes at 10.30pm.

The sky over Ipswich will be lit up with a massive £32,000 display of pyrotechnics, fired by top experts Shell Shock, who are based in Suffolk and have a proud international reputation.

With four to five explosions per second, the fireworks will be set to classic chart hits from the last three decades – in honour of the event's 30th anniversary.

Featured artists include Robbie Williams, Queen, Abba and Tina Turner – whose song Simply the Best really sums it all up.

The display will feature four to five explosions per second and hundreds of shells and effects, making this a fantastic show to remember.

But it's much more than just the best firework display you have ever seen. This is a fantastic event for all the family, with entertainment, catering and music for all ages. All proceeds go to the Scouts and other local charities.

"There will be lots of children there of course, but I also know people in their 80s who will be coming along," said David Savidge, one of the organisers from 11th Ipswich Scout Group.

The entertainment will include the SGRfm roadshow, with guest bands both before and after the display, featuring Slamm, Ice, Doski, Annie, Frantik and Ultraglide.

The Suffolk School of Samba, clowns, jugglers and street entertainers will add to the fun, and don't miss the giant Robert Summer funfair.

There will also be a wide range of specialist caterers providing everything from roast pork to hot dogs and from crepes and doughnuts to Thai and Chinese food and much more.

Park and Ride will be running an extended service on Saturday, with the last buses arriving in town at 7pm to give everybody plenty of time to get to the park and returning from 8.45pm onwards.

Ipswich Buses and First Eastern Counties are both providing extended services.

All town centre car parks will be open. There is extensive off-street parking in the area of Christchurch Park, but there is no public car parking on the park itself.

BBC Radio Suffolk is broadcasting a special programme from 6pm on the night giving up-to-the-minute travel information for people going to the big event, and they will also be broadcasting from the park.

There are six entrance gates for pedestrians in Soane Street, Bolton Lane, Westerfield Road, Park Road and two in Fonnereau Road.

Soane Street will be closed to vehicles during the busy part of the evening, and Bridle Way will be closed to pedestrians during the whole of the evening.

Please do not take your own sparklers or alcohol, and remember that, for obvious reasons, dogs are also banned from the park during the event.

And Remember, Remember! If you buy your tickets in advance, you can save 33 per cent on the prices charged on the night.

Advance tickets cost £4 for adults and £2.50 for children aged five to 15, and 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.

Advance tickets will be on sale until Friday, but not on Saturday, when admission is only available by paying cash on the gate. The price on the night is £6 for adults and £4 for children.


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