Fireworks night returns to Canvey Island

A public fireworks display will return to Canvey Island in November for the first time since it was halted due to Covid.

The Castle Point District Council-run bonfire night at Waterside Farm Leisure Centre had been held annually since 2010, but was paused in 2020 due to Covid restrictions.

It is intended that the event will comprise a firework display aimed at families and children along with a small number of stalls to offer food and beverages and potentially other services which will complement the event.

Councillor Steven Cole, responsible for special projects told Castle Point cabinet on March 15: “We have been putting this on since 2010 and it is a wonderful events and something we should be extremely proud of in Castle Point.

“Fireworks in your own back garden cost a fortune and they are over and done with in one minute. We provide a wonderful event every year and it is getting bigger and bigger.”

The display will be choreographed to music and will include a variety of fireworks, including a large selection of cakes, roman candles and aerial shells producing a aerial display to create a centrepiece for the evening celebration.

An income of around £8,000 is expected to be generated from the event that will be used to partially offset the total £25,000 cost. The council is funding the remaining £17,000.

Councillor Cole added: We are one of the few councils left now that actually provides an event. We are not here to make a fortune or a profit out of this. We want to provide a low-cost break-even event for our community and the wider area.

“We want people from Leigh on Sea and Basildon to come in because we want this fully supported.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter