Wistaston Fireworks Display on Sat 31/10/15. Reporter . Jonathan White, Wistaston
Children’s best fancy dress competition – l-r - Lewis Rossiter - Megan Bone - Ellie-May Baxter
The 38th annual Wistaston Fireworks Display took place on Saturday 31st October 2015. The event took place at the Eric Swan Sports Ground off Church Lane in Wistaston. It began with the judging of the children’s best pumpkin and best fancy dress competitions, which were followed by the fireworks display. There was no parade this year, due to health and safety issues, but bagpiper Reg Flower performed in front of the school and at the sports ground.
The results of the children’s best pumpkin competition, judged by Wistonian of the Year, Gwyneth Brown, were:
1st prize - Mia O'Donnell
2nd prize – Jack Bickerton
3rd prize – Purdy Jones.
The results of the children’s best fancy dress competition, judged by Wistaston Roundabout magazine Editor, Eileen Bamber, were:
1st prize – Megan Bone in her skeleton costume
2nd prize – Ellie-May Baxter in her dragon costume
3rd prize – Lewis Rossiter in his bat costume.
Locally-based online community radio station RedShift Radio - http://www.redshiftradio.co.uk/ - for the sixth year running generously provided, setup and staffed the PA system before the fireworks and played Halloween-themed music during the display. Presenters Kelly-Ann Davies and Liz Southall (aka ‘Bizzy Lizzy’) from RedShift Radio got the crowd warmed up before the display.
Professional fireworks display specialist Gekostar Fireworks - http://www.gekostarfireworks.co.uk/ - setup the fireworks display. Children’s best fancy dress competition winner Megan Bone was given the honour of officially starting the fireworks. The fireworks used during a magnificent 14 minute display took 12 hours to setup and included shells, cakes, mines and Roman candles.
The 35th South West Cheshire, Wistaston Scout Group - http://www.wistastonscoutgroup.org.uk - 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.
Entry was by donation and several hundred people attended the event.
Dane Chaplow, Chairman from the Wistaston Community Council, said, "The children's pumpkin and fancy dress competitions were well supported. We had a great turnout at the Eric Swan Sports Ground with superb fireworks from Gekostar and excellent music, as always, from RedShift Radio. We thank our supporters and volunteers for their help and the public for attending this annual event".
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 Christmas concerts. Please visit http://www.wistastoncommunity.co.uk for further information if you would like to join.