PROGRAMMES for this year’s Wokingham fireworks spectacular will soon go on sale – but organisers are keeping the theme a secret.
The annual event takes place on Saturday, November 7 and includes a fun fair and a bonfire as well as a visit from a local radio station.
Organised by the Wokingham Fireworks Society – a consortium of local charities – the event starts at 6pm with a torchlit procession from Wokingham Town Hall in Market Place. The parade will be headed up by local Wokingham dignitaries and the Saint Sebastian Wokingham Brass Band.
As the procession makes its way to Cantley Field, off Twyford Road, the field’s fun fair will open and organisers are promising that it will be bigger than ever, with more rides for younger people as well as an increased selection for thrill seekers.
Food vendors will offer hot food, while Heart Berkshire will provide music for the night and its Heart Angels will be present offering freebies around the field.
Last year’s fireworks were set to a First World War theme, but organisers are remaining tight-lipped over this years.
Alan Rouse, from Wokingham Fireworks Society, said: “There is a theme, but we are keeping it secret.”
Entrance to Cantley Field is by programme and they cost £5 in advance or £7.50 on the night. They are available from the Wokingham Fireworks website, or from the Town Hall, Tesco, Newbury Building Society, Barclays Bank and Clarks Shoes. from Monday, October 19.
On the day volunteers will sell programmes in the town centre and outside Tesco for £7.50.
Wokingham Borough Council-run car parks will be free on the evening.
Profits from the event will be shared among Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, Building For The Future, the Reading, Red Diamond Sports Club, Topic of Cancer, Wokingham and District MS Society and smaller donations to other local charities.
The Wokingham Fireworks Society comprises Windsor Forest Unicorn Club, Thames West Unicorn Club, Easthampstead Rotary Club, Wokingham Rotary Club and Wokingham Lions Club.
Last year’s event was delayed by 24 hours, taking place on the Sunday, due to bad weather. If wet, the field can get very muddy.
For more details, log on to www.wokingham-fireworks.co.uk