Above is a hastily knocked up chart showing the bidding so far on Lewisham Council’s Blackheath Fireworks eBay page.
The x-axis isn’t correct, as it doesn’t show the dates & times properly. If anyone wants to make a better one, the data so far is here as a google doc. I won’t be updating it this week, as I’m on holiday, but will try and make a better one on my return. Apparently the mayor of Lewisham was on LBC Radio yesterday, complaining to Shouty Nick Ferrari about Greenwich council failing to stump up any cash… I looked for a podcast or recording of it, but couldn’t find it on LBC’s website. See you in a week.
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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).
Without doubt, the best video from the Blackheath Fireworks by Henry, below. Make sure you press the “HD” button, and watch on fullscreen.
It doesn’t need the music though! We need some binaural recordings with two little mics in your ears! Stick some headphones on, and listen to these binaural fireworks in Helsinki!
Great set of photos of the fireworks on Flickr by Tristan Wallace.
Michael sent a link to this video of the Blackheath Fireworks, filmed from his rooftop.