Fathers plan fireworks night for Wadhurst
A BAND of Wadhurst fathers are preparing a major charity function for the village.
The Wadhurst Warriors, a group of current and former parents at the village primary school, are preparing to stage a bonfire night and fireworks display for Guy Fawkes' Night.
Best known for their Dragon Boat racing exploits at Bewl Water in aid of the school, the group have now decided to expand their interests and stage an event that could benefit a number of causes in the area.
Paul Allen, one of the main organisers, explained that tickets for the event would cover the cost of the fireworks, but other groups were welcome to come and sell refreshments or put on entertainment.
"We have decided to get in a professional company to do the fireworks and the remit is we put the display on and then invite local charities like the primary school PTA, Uplands PTA and the British Legion to come along and sell stuff.
"The money they make from the sales they can keep," he said.
The group first began organising a fireworks display for friends and family five years ago, and extended the event last year by holding it in fields by Stone Cross Farm, in Brinkers Lane, and this year's event will also be held at the same venue.
Last year's event saw 500 people turn out, but Mr Allen was confident of achieving at least double that number.
"It is a great location as everyone can pretty much walk there," he said.
Tickets have been provisionally priced at £5 for a adults and £2.50 for children, which will help cover the cost of the fireworks.
Mr Allen explained however that the more people they could expect, the lower they could drop the price.
"It will be quite a delicate balancing act," he added.
Alongside the fireworks, plans are in place for a 24ft Guy for the bonfire.
Mr Allen thanked to Wadhurst fire brigade for agreeing to attend the event to ensure health and safety was adhered to.
He also thanked Wadhurst Parish Council for granting £350 towards running costs.