Fireworks will go off with a bang despite funding worry

A crowdfunding appeal is underway with donors entered into a draw to set off the fireworks. Picture: Derek Martin
A crowdfunding appeal is underway with donors entered into a draw to set off the fireworks. Picture: Derek Martin

This year’s bonfire night fireworks are going ahead, despite a funding gap of £3,000.

The annual Tide of Light lantern and fireworks festival has become increasingly popular in recent years, with children and adults alike enjoying the free event.

However, a shortage of funds had threatened the event this year with the project short by about £3,000, according to event co-organisers Bartie Presents.

A crowdfunding appeal is underway with donors entered into a draw to set off the fireworks.

“We have done all the fundraising we possibly can,” said Jess Estcourt, one of the directors of Bartie Presents, ‘but we are struggling’.

She confirmed the event costs between £17,000 and £20,000 to run, and that several key grants had been secured this year.

“We want to encourage the town to pull a quid out of their pocket and donate to the event.”

The free lantern making workshop for children will also be going ahead, she confirmed.

The lantern and fireworks festival, which Bartie Presents co-runs with the Lions International Club in aid of local causes, has been awarded grants from the Community Chest and the Community Initiative Fund.

It has also benefitted from support from Michael Jones estate agents, as well as the Beach House, Worthing Accommodation, Coast Cafe and Worthing Theatres.

In previous years the project had been supported by the Town Council Initiative, which also runs the Christmas lights.

However Worthing Town Centre Initiative Manager, Sharon Clarke confirmed the initiative’s funds would be going elsewhere this year.

“We cannot be seen to always be supporting the same thing,” she said.

Project organisers are calling for the public to support the event through an online crowdfunding campaign and are offering one lucky supporter the chance to press the button to start the fireworks.

Visit the Herald website for a link to the donation page.

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