Mayor’s firework tickets go on sale

12 September 2011

Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr David Leeks is urging people to remember to book early for his 5 November Fireworks Fiesta as the tickets have now gone on sale with a discount for advance tickets bought up to the day before.

The charity event, sponsored by Huawei Technologies UK Co Ltd for the fifth year running, will be held in War Memorial Park in Basingstoke on Saturday 5 November with gates open from 6pm and the display estimated to start at 7.30pm.

Tickets bought with cash at the Willis Museum in Market Square, Basingstoke, up to 4pm on Friday 4 November and up to 12 noon on Friday 4 November with credit or debit cards via the website at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/fireworks or the council's contact centre on 01256 844844 get up to 25% discount.  Tickets bought before these times cost £6 for adults, £3 for children and £15 for families, with under threes and carers free.  On the gate on the night the tickets cost £8 for adults, £4 for children and £20 for a family.

The change to advanced ticket sales comes after people were still queuing to buy tickets at the cheaper rate at closing time at the council offices last year, which was unfair on those who had got their tickets well in advance.  The proceeds from the event will go towards the Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2011/12. Each Mayor chooses the charities to support during his or her year in office. This year’s charities are Samaritans Basingstoke, RadCan and the Basingstoke and District Disability Forum.

Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr David Leeks said: “Thanks to the support from Huawei, the fireworks fiesta not only offers an amazing display of colour, noise and pyrotechnics but also raises money for some very good causes.  Every year we try to make the event even better and improving the organisation of advance ticket sales makes it much fairer on those who buy their tickets early.  It also means that those wanting to pay in advance with cash can go to the Willis while they are in the town centre rather than coming to the council offices.”

People who buy tickets in advance will be able to avoid any queuing on the night as certain gates will be set aside solely for their use. The gates will open at 6pm and the firework display is scheduled to begin at approximately 7.30pm. Walls Fun Fair and Kestrel FM will also be there on the night. Refreshments will also be available.  Disabled parking will be available at Crossborough Hill.

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