Firework fun for families at new event

Pictured, from left, are Brent Kilmurray, Cameron Gardner, Brian Smiles and Hender Blewitt.
Pictured, from left, are Brent Kilmurray, Cameron Gardner, Brian Smiles and Hender Blewitt.

A spectacular display is set to take place in a Northumberland village tomorrow evening.

Representatives from Stannington First School’s parent teacher association, the local scout group and St Mary’s Church have come together in a community partnership to organise a fireworks event.

Brian Smiles, the group leader, said: “With new residents moving into Stannington Park (the housing development on the former St Mary’s Hospital site) the parish is getting larger and we are very keen to hold an event where people can meet and get to know one another.

“We approached the developers, Bellway, for funding towards the event and I am delighted to say that it agreed to kick-start our initiative with a donation of £500.”

In addition to the fireworks, the organisers have arranged a raffle – with prizes including a half-hour flying lesson, a weekend’s camper van hire and afternoon tea-for-two at St Mary’s Inn.

Tracy Jackson, Bellway’s sales manager, said: “This seems like an ideal way of bringing together members of the parish for an event where everyone can get to meet one another in a friendly and informal atmosphere.”

The display will be hosted on the school fields and it will start between 6.30pm and 7pm. The organisers request that visitors travelling by car observe the car parking signs.

Meanwhile, firefighters and police officers have been visiting schools across the county to warn children about the dangers posed by fireworks and bonfires and to give them the opportunity to ask questions in the run-up to Bonfire Night, which takes place this evening.

Residents are asked to bring their bins in as soon as they have been emptied as they can be a target for arson.