Bath’s big display

[Photo © Bath Rotary Club]

I have to say that personally l am not a great fan of fireworks, but l would rather see them used in organised displays – raising money for charity – than in scattered gardens or as bangers being thrown in streets.

That’s why l will mention the popular community Fireworks on The Recreation Ground in Bath taking place on Saturday 4 November at 6.00pm.  Up to 8,000 spectators are expected to gather at the grounds to watch the professional display, which is accompanied by music and on-site refreshments.

The event, organised by The Rotary Club of Bath with support from the University of Bath Students Union and Bath Rugby, and sponsored by Bath Recreation, raises many thousands of pounds for charity every year. 

This year the two main charities being supported are The Glasshouse Academy, which helps children across the city through sport, and SSAFA, the Armed Services benevolent charity.  The theme of the display will be ‘A Salute to the Services’.

Organisers are emphasising that the event receives no support from any public funds and is asking anyone who enjoys the Fireworks from elsewhere in the city consider making a donation to the Bath Rotary Fireworks Appeal, via the GoFundMe website.

As every year, roads around Grand Parade in the city centre will be closed and parking suspended, to ensure the crowds that always gather to watch the spectacle can do so safely.

I look forward – as a pet owner and wildlife supporter – to the day when only quiet fireworks are allowed. You can buy them now.