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Hold your breath for a night to remember

PUBLISHED: 14:12 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

THERE will be bang! crash! wallop! at the Foxhall Stadium on Friday - and for once it is not just the cars.

As ever, the popular annual gala night promises to be an explosive event to raise money for charities around the county.

THERE will be bang! crash! wallop! at the Foxhall Stadium on Friday – and for once it is not just the cars.

As ever, the popular annual gala night promises to be an explosive event to raise money for charities around the county.

Race fans and firework fans from across East Anglia are expected to turn up in their droves to the event that has been sponsored by the Evening Star and other Suffolk companies.

Half the money raised will go to the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service with the rest of the cash going to the Evening Star Christmas Charity Appeal.

The highlight of the evening – aside from the eight races of course- will be the daring driving of a Robin Reliant car through five exploding caravans.

Last year nerves were on edge as the stunt driver made it successfully through three caravans.

This year, stunt driver David Slayer will be presented with a trophy by the gala's special guest 10-year-old Nick Aldred of Station Street, Ipswich who only recently left hospital after undergoing major surgery to straighten his legs.

A flaming torchlight procession will get the evening underway with a bang, lead out by the 50-strong Suffolk Samba Band.

All types of street entertainers are also being invited to join the procession around the track.

Torches will be given away free to anyone who takes along their Evening Star vouchers.

Organiser of the race, Spedeworth, has also splashed out £5,000 on fireworks in a bid to promise an even bigger and better display than last year.

To go one step further in the fun stakes, there will also be a free carousel (taking donations for charity), face painting for the children and the sale of glow bands to light up the night once the fireworks go out.

The gates to the stadium open at 5pm but it is advisable to get there early as the car park quickly fills up.

Tickets cost £9 for adults and £4 for children or £25 for a family ticket that will admit two adults and up to three children.

n. Street entertainers who want to join the procession should call Greg Worley on 01473 254697 or Sally Pullin on 01728 638489.

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