FIREWORK displays across the Harborough and Lutterworth areas went off with a bang over the weekend and attracted thousands of spectators.
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One of the largest displays in the Harborough district was at the St Joseph’s Primary School playing field off Coventry Road in Harborough, where about 3,000 people passed through the gate to watch a 20-minute display.
John Cooper, one of the organisers, said: “We had a really good crowd, even though it was slightly down on last year’s.
“It was a great event and was really well supported by the town – and we’d like to thank people for that.
“The bonfire and fireworks went exceptionally well.”
Mr Cooper said although the final total had not been confirmed, the event would have raised about £4,000 for the school PTA funds.
Lutterworth Golf Club also hosted a large display, which was the first one it had ever organised.
Club captain Allan Simmonds said he and the organisers were overwhelmed by how well supported the event was – as 2,000 people paid to watch the display.
He added: “We didn’t get everything 100 per cent right because this was our first event and we weren’t sure how many people would come along, but I would say it was a big success.
“We’re really grateful to everyone who came along or helped out, and we will definitely be holding another event next year with those few problems ironed out.”
In Wilbarston, about 1,000 people watched a fireworks display set to music.
Craig Hartwell, one of the organisers, said the money raised from the event helps to pay for the next year’s display.
He added: “We have a PA system and do a big countdown, it’s always a really popular event.”
The event is organised by the Wilbarston Wobblers running club as well as a team of volunteers from the village.
In Arthingworth, another display attracted a crowd of about 100 people.
Jane Perry, chairman of the fundraising committee, said: “It was great to see so many people come along, not just from Arthingworth but from outside the village as well.”
Profits from the event are to be split between Arthingworth Village Hall and the village church.
On Friday, about 1,000 people attended a large display at Market Harborough Rugby Club.
Club chairman Phil Jarvis said about 1,000 people attended the event.
He added: “It was a good evening. The weather was clear which always helps and HFM did a great job keeping people entertained before the fireworks.”
The event has been running for more than a decade and money raised will go towards the club’s forthcoming building project.
On Monday, another display was held at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Foxton.
The event raised £2,000 for three good causes – Foxton Scouts, Gumley Cricket Club and Foxton Playgroup.