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Back in 1997, when the British returned the rule of Hong Kong back to China, the people of the island celebrated with fireworks. By 1998, the crowds were in excess of a third of a million but these figures have continued to decline despite massive corporate sponsorship.
Sadly, following the loss of 39 lives in last years ferry crash, the government have made the decision to call off this year’s festivities as a mark of respect but they have also warned that as a result of a drop in interest they are debating whether or not to re-instate the event in the future. There are mixed views from the locals but overall the people appear to be erring on the side of the government as 3:1 against re-introducing the display.
There are many however who think that a better and more appropriate way of celebrating the lives of those who perished would have been with a 2 minute silence and a stricter regime in regards to safety standards on board the boats and other pleasure craft taking people around the harbour.
The investigation into the crash clearly highlights that it is the whole disregard for the safety of the people using the pleasure craft that are being held to account as they described the ‘systemic failings’ of the marine department of the harbour in Hong Kong which is listed as the worst maritime incident in Hong Kong in the last 40-years.
We hope that in the future, they will reintroduce the event for the people of Hong Kong to celebrate their continued freedom and celebrate as only the Chinese really know how … WITH MASSIVE FIREWORKS
As you can imagine, we are inundated with requests to support local charitable events and we have this year chosen Weston Park Cancer hospital trust. Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield, is one of only four dedicated cancer treatment centres in the Country in its treatment of and research into cancer.
One of our staff members was asked to donate his time to DJ for the event and we donated over £1000 worth of fireworks to help the Charity reach their £1.3 million target for the building of a new state of the art cancer treatment and research suite. They have received total donations for their ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign in the region of £350,000.00.
The fireworks pack raised £301.50 towards the cost and we were delighted that we were able to help. The winner, by a stroke of fate was a regular at Epic Fireworks and was delighted to have won this marvellous pack, particularly as he was already aware that the quality of the products he had won are indeed second to none.
The night was filled with music and laughter and a great time was had by all. If you want to get involved in raising money for this marvellous cause, contact the trust directly via their website: http://www.wphcancercharity.org.uk/about_weston_park_hospital_cancer_charity.html
On the night, a ball held at the Holiday Inn in Dodworth raised £5300.00 on the night but at this time monies are still being collected. This was all done with the assistance of the great and good of South Yorkshire and a smattering of local celebrity support.
The celebrity guests included:
• Steven Arnold – Former coronation street star who played Ashley Peacock
• Bruce Dyer – Retired Barnsley FC Footballer and Co Founder of Love Life UK
• Bobby Hassle – Barnsley Football Club Player
• Nick Montgomery – Sheffield United Football Club player
• John Bostock – Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Player
• ‘Big Joe Egan’ – Irish Heavyweight Boxing Legend described by Mike Tyson as ‘The toughest white man on the planet’
• Adrian Anderson - Captain of The Sheffield Sharks
Steve Arnold really got into the spirit of the event and was heckled mercilessly about his shirt but he took it all in good faith and said that he had enjoyed the event thoroughly.