Finlay set for fireworks fun

Finlay Mclaren will switch in the Alnwick firework display.
Finlay Mclaren will switch in the Alnwick firework display.

A lucky lad from Shilbottle has won the chance to press the button and set off the annual fireworks extravaganza in Alnwick this weekend.

Run by Alnwick and District Round Table, the display is an annual fixture in the calendar and sees thousands of pounds-worth of fireworks launched into the sky and thousands of spectators enjoying the event.

This year, as before, the Gazette teamed up with the Round Table to offer one youngster the chance to start the countdown and let rip with the rockets.

And the winner is six-year-old Finlay Mclaren, a Shilbottle First School pupil.

This year’s spectacular takes place tomorrow, November 8, with gates open from 6.30pm and the display starting at 7.30pm.

There will be food stalls, sideshows, music and a bar on offer on the night.

Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children and money raised will be distributed to local charities.

Round Tabler Martin Brown, who is organising the event, has urged residents to turn up and support the event.

“We really want people to come along and support the event,” he said. “Without peoples’ support, we cannot carry on this event.

“We need to keep the numbers coming through the gate, which lets people enjoy fireworks in a safe environment.”

Last year, the Gazette reported that the organisers made a use-it-or-lose-it plea to the community, after the 2013 event made a £3,000 loss.

A crowd of around 800 turned out for the November 2 extravaganza compared to the usual two or three thousand.

Tablers accepted that last year’s event at Alnwick Rugby Club was marred by bad weather, but they also said that people watching the voluntarily-run display from outside the grounds without paying for a ticket does not help matters.