Huge crowd wowed by South Hill Park fireworksBy Julie Spencer
October 19, 2012
A huge crowd roared its appreciation for a free fireworks display at South Hill Park to mark its restoration.
A red, white and blue finale to the music of Land of Hope and Glory lit up the sky to bring the display to a sparkling close on Sunday night.
The crowd of more than 10,000 people were treated to 20 minutes of magic by Bracknell’s Star Fireworks on the theme of the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics.
Andy Hubble, Star’s general manager, said: “We showcased a load of our new fireworks for 2012 including Olympic rings and it went fantastically well.
“I rated the finale on a par with displays at the British Championships.
“It blew me away and I see a lot of fireworks.”
The show was organised by Bracknell Town Council to commemorate 2012 and the end of work on South Hill Park grounds.
In the crowd were Brad and Lauren Watchorn and nine-month-old daughter Eden Rose.
Brad said: “It’s good that they have put on an event like this because there’s not always things to do.”
Michelle Hutton, who was at the fireworks with husband Craig and sons Toby and Leo, said: “We have seen loads of people we haven’t seen for ages, lots of people from school and church and all sorts of clubs.
“It’s a really nice community thing.”
BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Rory McAllister compered the night, which included a guest appearance from Bracknell’s Got Talent 2012 winner Joe Emmett, Edgbarrow Swing Band and a screening of a Muppets movie for children.
Students from Bracknell and Wokingham College assisted with marshalling and security while catering students helped put on a VIP reception.
A collection for Bracknell town mayor Councillor Shelagh Pile’s charity, volunteer search and rescue service SEBEV, raised £770.
She said: “I would like to say a big thank you to those that put it on and supported it and to Bracknell Town Council staff, we could not have done this without them.”
The sponsors were Gavin Jones, the landscape architects for the £2.3 million restoration of the park, WPS Insurance, WAB Football Club, Acres of Space, Allen Associates, The Print Room, McDonald’s, Sign-a-rama and Ringway.