Lewisham council have added a page detailing which roads will be closed this year during the fireworks (which I have never seem – thanks Dad!)
Greenwich council are still being mean and refusing to fund the fireworks, as mentioned on 853blog a while back.
The fireworks display is on November 5th at 8pm, and admission is free.
Oh, and for some reason there’s a Blackheath Fireworks twitter account. It doesn’t do much except go “Whoosh” every so often (nothing wrong with that though). I’m guessing it’s not official, judging by the profile page…
Classy. From their website:
Lewisham Council is aiming to boost its public appeal for donations towards this year’s Blackheath fireworks on 6 November by offering the chance to bid on eBay for a VIP night out at South London’s largest firework display. The VIP package includes the privilege of starting the firework display itself.
The successful bidder will not only win the chance to launch the firework display but a VIP package that includes:
* access for up to ten people to an exclusive VIP viewing area for the duration of the display
* a private tour of the firing zone by experts from Pains Fireworks where all the fireworks will be laid out ready to fire (the tour will take place at 6pm, two hours before the display itself)
* VIP parking for three cars in the very heart of the event
* 10 meal vouchers from the Fine Food Company
* 10 drink vouchers to be used at any of the mobile bar units supplied by Creative Bars
* 10 hot chocolate vouchers supplied by Jaz and Jules
* Glo sticks for the whole party provided by Limelight Entertainment Ltd.
The eBay auction will start at 7pm on Thursday 21 October with a starting price of just 99p. Bidding will continue until 7pm on Sunday 31 October.
This is not the first time that land on the common has been auctioned on eBay. Although the last one was a lot funnier.
In a charmingly quirky press release (“Penny for the guy”, and “damp squib” puns ahoy), Mayor Bullock has asked that people contribute towards the fireworks on Blackheath.
Given that financial fund managers are partially to blame for the mess the country is in, it seems beyond ironic that a fund management company are partially sponsoring the fireworks:
“This year the event will again be generously backed by independent fund management company GLC Ltd, who have been involved with the Blackheath Fireworks display since 1994.”
Long-time readers may recall that the Bugle has never actually made it to the fireworks, due to bugle-Dad being born on the same day that Guy Fawkes decided to blow up parliament.
It’s not that I mind Lewisham asking for money for this. It’s just that I find it hard to discover any examples of them running anything better than Greenwich. And here we Blackheathens are, straddled between both, waiting to see where the axe falls next.
A penny to the next person who finds me a good news story about Lewisham, and I’ll promise not to burn an effigy of Sir Steve on November 5th…
(Thanks to Eva for spotting the story).
Fireworks being prepared on Blackheath – photo by twitter user niponravel
Interesting piece by Transpontine on E. Nesbit (author of The Railway Children), who spent some time living in Blackheath.
Yet again I won’t seeing Blackheath’s fireworks. I’ve never seen them, as BugleDad’s birthday is this time of year. If anyone can think of a convincing argument for Blackheath’s fireworks over Epsom‘s, I’d love to hear it- god knows I’ve tried everything I can think of!
As simonj007 pointed out, there are expected to be 65,000 people at the Blackheath Fireworks, so best turn up early, and think of an ingenious exit strategy at the end! The council’s official page on the fireworks is here. It starts at 8pm.
UPDATE: Normally I’d suggest my Map of Parking in Blackheath, but with 65,000 people predicted, it’s probably better to leave the car at home.
Hello, back finally! Here’s the latest missive from the council about the fireworks on Saturday 7 November at 8pm, complete with a map!
The Blackheath fireworks display is always a popular event with local residents although last year we received several complaints that roads closed and the firing zone had changed without sufficient advanced information. We have had meeting with the organisers and hope this year communications with local residents will be better.
It is one of the most dazzling displays in London, bringing colour and light to the skies of Lewisham and Greenwich. This year’s event, which is free, will be held on Saturday 7 November at 8pm. It will be a full 30 minutes long and will feature a vast array of fireworks in a dazzling range of colours, set perfectly to music. International food and drink will be available throughout the evening so you can make a night of it.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable evening (please take care of your pets on the evening and ensure they are safe)
Here are a few reminders before you come:
* It is illegal to bring your own fireworks (including sparklers) onto the heath
* Prince of Wales Road will be closed on the 6 and 7 November; other road closures will apply only on the 7 November
* Leave your car at home – there is no parking on the heath and traffic enforcement is in operation in surrounding roads. Only Blue Badge Holders can park at the event. Many roads in the area will be closed from mid afternoon.
* Do not buy items, especially fireworks, from unauthorised traders who may operate at the event. Illegal traders sell unchecked merchandise that may be dangerous.
The Guardian had a very internet friendly headline the other day “10 Best Bonfire Night Celebrations in the UK“. I’m glad to say, Blackheath was included, but slightly less happy that I can’t see it, as I will be at the Brockham bonfire.
The Blackheath bonfire night fireworks event is on 8th November at 8pm and is free to enter.
Great photo by Flickr user Gillbrit taken in 2007.