2018 was our third year running the barbecue at the popular Alford Bonfire and Fireworks Display event and the weather has never been so kind to us – no rain, only light winds and a heady 9 degrees.
As usual the event was very well attended and our volunteers worked flat out on the Rotary Barbecue raising over £400 (after costs) in a very short window of time. Well done to the Rotary volunteers and thank you to all who supported our efforts, we hope to see you again soon at the various Christmas we will be organising or supporting.
Rotarian Geoff Allen is the clubs main connection with the event and he was good enough to provide the following information.
About the Alford Bonfire Night
There has been a community bonfire and fireworks display in Alford for at least 50 years. Originally event hosted by the Alford & District Round Table and held at a recreation ground in the town centre, for the last few years the event has been venue hosted by the Alford & District Cricket Club at their ground in Well Lane . The ‘business’ part of the event (the bonfire and firework display) has for many years been undertaken and the whole event overseen by the Alford Voluntary Fire Brigade (with a manned tender on site) – several of whose members are appropriately trained and certificated in the handling of Category 2 + 3 fireworks (the limit of the display each year).
The event has been an important community occasion in the town over the years, mitigating the cumulative risks of numerous ‘garden bonfires and fireworks’ parties and the many volunteers involved have acquired a wealth of experience. The town’s Round Table having closed, the Rotary Club, the Cricket Club, the Town Council and the Fire Brigade volunteers have come together to ensure that the Alford bonfire and fireworks continues as an important community occasion in the town, bringing families together and mitigating the cumulative risks of numerous garden bonfires and firework parties.
The Rotary Club congratulates and thanks the Councillors for supporting this, the Cricketers for having taken on the event organisation, management and very good and effective stewarding – and especially the Fire Brigade volunteers for making the whole thing possible.