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‘Biggest Crowd Yet’ Enjoys Lions’ Fireworks Fiesta On Bonfire Night

Published on: 5 Nov, 2013
Updated on: 5 Nov, 2013

As many as 17,000 people are estimated to have gathered in Guildford’s Stoke Park this evening (Tuesday, November 5) to celebrate Bonfire Night.

The torches are lit in the High Street before the procession to Stoke Park.

The torches are lit in the High Street before the procession to Stoke Park.

Hundreds of people also took part in the annual torch-lit procession that started from the Guildhall in the High Street at 7.45pm. It made its way along London Road to Stoke Park and was led by the Nautical Training Corps band from Training Ship Implacable, based in Littlehampton.

With the fun fair in full swing, MC for the evening, Peter  Gordon, of 96.4 Eagle Radio, announced that funds raised at the Guildford Lions-run fiesta would be donated to local charities Guildford Action and the Prostate Project.

He also said he thought the crowd looked to the biggest yet since Guildford’s free public fireworks display on Bonfire Night was re-established a few years ago.

Once the beacon had been jointly lit by the Mayor of Guildford, Diana Lockyer-Nibbs, and the chairman of the Guildford Lions, Trevor Perry, Peter Gordon led the crowd in the customary countdown for the pyrotechnic spectacular to begin.

Once again the crowd was treated to a stunning fireworks display.

Once again the crowd was treated to a stunning fireworks display.

The crowd was then treated to more than 15 minutes of brightly coloured explosions and bangs that lit up the night sky.

The next date for a display of fireworks at a public event will be at the switching on of the High Street’s Christmas lights on Thursday evening, November 21.

More pictures below…

Lighting-up time.

Lighting-up time.

Georgia, Pammy and Bryony with their torches.

Georgia, Pammy and Bryony with their torches.

A packed High Street!

A packed High Street!

Lighting the beacon in Stoke Park.

Lighting the beacon in Stoke Park.

Plenty of bangs and flashes.

Plenty of bangs and flashes.

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