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Town’s firework display cancelled due to pandemic

The annual fireworks event in Brandon, organised by the Rotary Club of Brandon and District, has been cancelled for this year.

The event, which takes place at Brandon Hall is, one of the club’s main fundraisers enabling donations to be made to many local schools, charities, clubs and good causes – including those helping local people during this crisis.

But like many events this year, the really difficult decision has been made to cancel the fireworks event.

The decision was not taken lightly, but because of the Covid-19 crisis, Rotary Club members feel this is the most responsible thing to do.

Club president, Graham Lodge, said “I’ve been a member of the Rotary Club since it started 45 years ago and have been involved in the fireworks for over 40 years.

We all enjoy organising the evening as much as people enjoy attending it! But with the government advising against mass gatherings and the fact it would be difficult to socially distance at what is a busy, fun family event, we decided realistically, this was the only course of action we could take.”

Organisers understand the event cancellation will be disappointing for many families, but they say they hope to be ‘back with a bang’ with the fireworks event next year.

Along with cancelling the fireworks event, they are also postponing their fundraising auction due to be held at IES Breckland school, on the 28th of September. The date for the auction will be rearranged for next year.

On November the 13th Club members hope to still collect for Children in Need with their popular Lakenheath village Road Toll.

To find out more about the Rotary Club of Brandon and District and its social events and fundraising events, please contact the Vice President Sue Meader on 07884 313563 or email suemeader1@gmail.com.

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