Rock soundtrack for park fireworks extravaganza

IPSWICH: Excitement is today growing as tickets go on sale for the annual fireworks display at Christchurch Park.

The amazing event – which is celebrating its 39th year – will feature a �30,000 fireworks display set off to the strains of The Who, Kings of Leon, Muse and many other rock icons.

There will also be entertainment from top tribute acts Rob Idol, as Robbie Williams, and Take on Take That.

Organised by the 11th Ipswich Scout Group and sponsored by The Evening Star, the night is the biggest single fundraiser for the scouts and provides vital cash which is used for the upkeep of their buildings, buses and other facilities.

Scout leader Dave Baldry said: “Hopefully the fireworks will be the big highlight of the evening so we are really looking forward to it.

“We’re hoping to raise around �10,000 but it’s a very risky business because of the weather.

“Next year will be our 40th which we hope to be a bit of a celebration so we are making plans for that already.”

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Organisers are expecting up to 18,000 people to turn up to the event, on Saturday, November 6, although numbers vary depending on the weather.

Tickets are on sale now at �4 for children and �6 for adults in advance, or �6 and �9 on the night.

The musical fireworks are designed and fired by Suffolk company Shell Shock, based in Bramfield, which has provided stunning displays at prestigious venues including David Beckham’s wedding in Ireland, and offered various pyrotechnics effects for the FA, UEFA and Carling Cup finals.

The family-friendly event will also include music, competitions and a children’s funfair, along with food to suit every taste, from old favourites like hot dogs and fish and chips, to Thai food or doughnuts.

n Are you a fan of the Christchurch Park firework display? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail evening starletters@eveningstar.co.uk