Clitheroe bonfire raises £7,000 for charity

Clitheroe Community Bonfire . (s)
Clitheroe Community Bonfire . (s)
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Thanks have been expressed by organisers after at least £7,000 was raised at this year’s Clitheroe Community Bonfire and Fireworks Display.

The funds will be split evenly between the event’s three chosen charities – East Lancs Hospice, Ribble Valley Foodbank and Ribble Valley Crossroads Care.

Clitheroe Community bonfire logo

Clitheroe Community bonfire logo


“This would not have been possible without our ticket sellers in the weeks leading up to the event who have given up time and staff to be used as ticket centres without any commercial gain to themselves,” said Andy Belcham, chairman of Clitheroe Community Bonfire and Fireworks Committee. “We’d like to thank Judith Dawson and her staff at Dawson’s Department Store, Peter at PJ Brass Newsagents and David and Mary Brass at Banana News - who even stayed open right up until 7 pm to allow for last minute ticket sales.”

In total, almost 5,000 tickets were sold with more than 1,000 tickets selling online.

“Over 60 volunteers and companies support us in many ways each year and we owe them all a huge thank you for their time, expertise, materials and equipment to ensure the smooth running of this event,” Andy added.

“We’d like to mention particularly those who supplied forklift, tractor, trailer and driver, a Quad bike from Kik ATV and of course Hanson Cement Group and Johnson Matthey for providing safety equipment and wagons full of pallets. Radio communications led by Lee and Morgan Roe helped us keep the event well controlled and safe.

“We are sure you all realise that the organising of an event on the scale of this each year is a huge task and would not have happened without the added help of Ribble Valley Borough Council and Clitheroe Town Council.”

The committee is always looking for more volunteers particularly people to help monitor the event’s Facebook page prior to next year’s event.