Long Wittenham’s annual bonfire and fireworks display on Saturday 4th November raised more than £2,000 – up £1,000 on last year – and helped boost the village new playground equipment project.
Nearly 500 people attended the event in Ward’s Field. It was organised by village social group The Wittenham Warriors and supported by the Parish Council.
A kaleidoscope of colour cascaded from a dazzling pyrotechnic feast. The fireworks, fizzed, whizzed, crackled and banged while a huge, orange coloured bonfire blazed in the background.
On top of the inferno was the winner of the Guy Fawkes competition, Daenerys from Game of Thrones, created by the Cumming family. Other effigies that perished in the flames were Darth Vader from the Pritchard family, Kim Jong-Un (Crosskeys) and the Tarantula made the Edwards family.
The principal organiser Emma Newman said: “It was a spectacular night’s entertainment. Our thanks to people for supporting us, village organisations, the army of volunteers whose hard work ensured the night was so successful and the clear-up team the following morning. There was a great sense of community involvement and it showed what can be achieved.”
Mrs Newman said that next year would be the tenth village bonfire night and Wittenham Warriors was looking ahead to stage a special village event. She added: “We will be looking ahead but need more help and ideas to take us forward.”