Gallery: Strong community spirit saves Kesgrave Fireworks despite heavy rain

The Kesgrave fireworks display at the High School.

The Kesgrave fireworks display at the High School. - Credit: Archant

Kesgrave’s growing community spirit ensured Thursday night’s fireworks display was not ruined by the miserable weather.

Around 200 young families took part in a first-ever lantern parade before a night of samba dancing, fire jugglers, face-painting, balloon art and, of course, the acclaimed Kimbolton Fireworks display wowed a sell-out crowd of around 3,000 at Kesgrave High School.

Suffolk Coastal District Council member for Kesgrave, Debbie McCallum, said: “The parade was a bit soggy, and maybe we need plastic lanterns and not paper ones in November, but plenty of children turned out and I think the spirit of them was fantastic.

“They turned out in this rain and it was a really, really good night. Kesgrave has grown very rapidly. We have got 14,500 residents. We are bigger than Woodbridge now, and with an area that grows so quickly, you have got to grow that spirit.

“And through events like this, it brings the community together. We are a community and everyone pulled together. I would also like to thank all the volunteers, the unsung heroes, for their help.”

Due to the event being sold out, it means next year’s fireworks will definitely go ahead, she added.