Rotarians and scouts ready to light up the sky over Ely as part of the city’s massive community firework event at Cherry Hill Park

PUBLISHED: 16:01 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 09 November 2018

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Jeremy Sallis will be hosting this year's Ely community fireworks in Cherry Hill Park in aid of local charities. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Jeremy Sallis will be hosting this year's Ely community fireworks in Cherry Hill Park in aid of local charities. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Homemade guys will battle it out in Ely tomorrow (Sat) for one to be crowned champion before being set alight as part of the city’s community fireworks celebrations.

Make your way to Cherry Hill Park where local Rotarians and scouts will be your hosts for the evening for this major fund raiser for local charities.

Scouts will be on duty helping to serve up barbecue food to the thousands already for the firework spectacular and the many more expected on the night.

Back in volunteer hands organisers have invited BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Jeremy Sallis to host the occasion.

The display will take place on Saturday November 10 from 5.30pm at Cherry Hill Park, the traditional venue for the city’s fireworks event.

Tickets are still available before the night at Ely Information Centre at the Oliver Cromwell House, Wades Opticians High Street, Ely Fudge in Forehill and the customer information desk in Sainsbury’s.

The prices have not increased from last year, but family tickets will only be available beforehand from these local outlets.

Advance sales: Adults £4, concessions £2.50, family ticket £12.00.

On the gate: Adults £5, concessions £3.

A Guy Fawkes competition will be judged by the Mayor of Ely, Cllr Mike Rouse, at 6.00pm and the bonfire lit at 6.30pm. Fireworks spectacular starts at 7pm.

Families can enjoy a funfair throughout the evening from J G Amusements and food and drink will be provided by Ely District Scouts; hot dogs and burgers, hog roast, and other food will be available.

The evening is run entirely by volunteers from Ely and Soham Rotary Clubs together with Ely District Scouts.

Supporters of the event include Ely Cathedral, King’s Ely and East Cambridgeshire District Council.

Russell Gooderham of Kimbolton Fireworks, said: “We are pleased to have been asked to present this year’s firework display, especially as we know that all net proceeds will be going to local charities and good causes.

“Our selected team is of the highest quality and we are aiming at a display not seen before.

“It will be fired electronically and will consist of far more than just more of the same.

“You need to be there to really appreciate it.”

Kimbolton Fireworks have created displays for some of the UK’s largest and most prestigious events, from Trafalgar 200 and the 50th anniversary of VJ Day in London, to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations, London Eye and St Patrick’s Day, Dublin.

In 2012, Kimbolton Fireworks provided displays for the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics.

A Rotary Club spokesman said: “Such displays have set the standard throughout the UK. For our event this year, the company has been designing and preparing a unique display. It will be fired electronically and will consist of far more than just more of the same.

“You need to be there to really appreciate it.”

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