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Linton fireworks display to go ahead – rumours of cancellation false

Fireworks light up the night sky in Thorpe Arnold

Fireworks light up the night sky in Thorpe Arnold

A firework display organiser wishes to reassure people the display is still on – despite an opponent of the display telling people it has been cancelled.

A firework display organiser wishes to reassure people the display is still on – despite an opponent of the display telling people it has been cancelled.

Andrew Clark, chairman of the Linton Fireworks Committee, has assured people that Saturday’s (November 10) display is going ahead.

“We’ve heard reports someone has been spreading rumours the display has been cancelled, but that’s not true,” he said. “I’m really concerned that if the word is spread around it could damage attendance.”

An online post about the display said: “This event was cancelled by local councils two weeks ago and will not be taking place.

“This is due to illegal actions by the group in the past.

“If you want to support a legal display please visit Saffron Walden or Cambridge.

“This is a fact it is cancelled not a myth but the truth.”

The same man wrote to the Echo about an advert at the Sainsbury’s roundabout in Haverhill, saying it ‘is cancelled and has been for two to three weeks’.

“This cancellation has been done by the local authorities who are all in agreement it’s cancelled.”

He said to the Echo: “I thought the education department decided to make them learn a lesson – I apologise if I’m wrong but this is what I thought.”

The same man also complained about signage for the event in Linton, saying the signs are illegal and pitched without planning permission. “They shouldn’t be using such big signs as they should need planning permission,” he said.

“They would set a good example to children if they didn’t signpost.”

Mr Clark retorted: “The display boards are on private land and we get permission from landowners to put them up.”

A spokesman for South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) said they take a ‘common sense’ approach to planning restrictions for such events.

“We have had no complaints at all about the fireworks display in Linton,” he said.

“We take a common sense approach and when someone has a community event and the signs are up for the short term we can work with them to make sure it is a success.”

The man complaining about the show also said organisers were fined £50,000 two years ago for the signs, but SCDC dismissed that claim.

The man added: “They should be given a ten year ban from council land and be fined at least £150,000 for previous escapades.”

The Linton display will take place on November 10 at Camping Close. Gates open at 6.30pm with the Guy judging competition, and the display will begin at 7pm.

Warm drinks and barbecue food will be provided and there will be entertainment in the build up to the display.

This year the theme is sport, with prizes awarded to the best dressed.

Tickets cost £4 per person or £10 for a family of two adults and up to three children when bought in advance.

Tickets are available from Linton school offices, newsagents and online at www.lintonfireworks.co.uk

Prices on the night rise to £5 and £12. Glow toys will be on sale for children.

The bonfire will be lit by Izzy Gower, from Linton, who carried the Olympic Torch through Haverhill.

Anyone who can help on the night can call Andrew Clark on 01223 892676.

Money raised from the Linton display is split between the parents and teachers’ associations of Linton Village College, Linton Infants’ School and Linton Heights Junior School.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (November 8) Echo.

 

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