Reporter Jonathan White,
The 35th annual Wistaston Fireworks Display took place on Saturday 3rd November 2012. The event began with the judging of the children’s best pumpkin and best fancy dress competitions at the Park Drive/Westfield Drive junction, after which the procession (led by bagpiper Reg Flower) proceeded to the Eric Swan Sports Ground off Church Lane (behind Church Lane School, Wistaston) for the fireworks display. Entry was by donation and all proceeds this year will go to 35th South West Cheshire, Wistaston Scout Group (http://www.wistastonscoutgroup.org.uk/), as they are raising money towards the building of a Jubilee Headquarters at Bluebell Wood for use by Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Over £600 was raised last year for 'The Ray of Hope', a Crewe-based charity which supports the neonatal unit at Leighton Hospital & other local hospitals, so it hoped that a similar amount of money can be raised this year. An estimated one thousand people attended the event.
The results of the children’s best pumpkin competition, judged by Sheena Sambrook (Wistonian of the Year) and Gwyneth Brown (Wistaston Parish Council), were:
- 1st prize (£5 and a certificate) - Jack Bickerton with his Thomas the Tank Engine themed design.
- 2nd (£3 and a certificate) - Harry Valentine.
- 3rd (£2 and a certificate) - Ethan Bossons.
There were 11 entrants.
The results of the children’s fancy dress competition, also judged by Sheena and Gwyneth, were:
- 1st prize (£5 and a certificate) - Geremy Burrows as a monster.
- 2nd (£3 and a certificate) - Lewis Rossiter as a skeleton pirate.
- 3rd (£2 and a certificate) - Lucy Brunt as a little witch.
There were 15 entrants. It is the fourth year running that the Rossiter family have won a competition prize.
Crewe-based community radio station RedShift Radio - http://www.redshiftradio.co.uk/ - provided, setup and manned the PA system for a third year running before the fireworks and played the atmospheric music during the display. They were represented by Dr Gavin Hammond (Station Director) – aka ‘Dr. Gav’ and Liz Southall (Business Development Director) – aka ‘Bizzy Lizzy’. RedShift Radio are launching an FM channel on 87.7FM, which will run from 5th November to 2nd December 2012.
Dr Gav was Master of Ceremonies and got the crowd warmed up, whilst Liz interviewed children who’d participated in the earlier fancy dress competition.
Professional fireworks display specialist Comet Fireworks - http://www.cometfireworks.co.uk/ - setup and lit the fireworks display. The fireworks used during the 12 and a half minute display took 12 hours to setup and included shells, cakes, mines and Roman candles which were linked to a computer system in sync with the music. The company was represented by Mark O'Neill (Managing Director) and his team with Sam O'Neill 'conducting' the display.
The 35th South West Cheshire, Wistaston Scout Group served hot and cold drinks and food during the event, whilst Wistaston Community Council members sold candyfloss and ‘Stevo's Glows’ sold children's flashing novelties.
The event was organised by the Wistaston Community Council and funded by the Wistaston Community Council and the Wistaston Parish Council.
Dane Chaplow (Chairman, Wistaston Community Council) said, “The children's competitions, procession and the fireworks were very well supported. The event was financed by Wistaston Parish Council and the Wistaston Community Council. RedShift Radio once again provided excellent music and Comet Fireworks provided a fantastic display. It was the best event ever for size, scale and budget.”
The Wistaston Community Council desperately requires new members to help organise next year’s Fireworks Display, as well as other Wistaston-based events such as the Summer Fete, Flower and Produce Show and the Spring & Christmas concerts. Please visit http://www.wistastoncommunity.co.uk for further information if you would like to join.