Was Ely right to hold fireworks display on Armistice Day? Some think not but mayor Richard Hobbs thinks it’s fine

PUBLISHED: 09:49 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:07 14 November 2017

Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard.

Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard.


Social media criticism of Ely Fireworks display being held on Armistice Day was dismissed by the mayor of Ely, Richard Hobbs.

Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard.Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard.

Councillor Richard Hobbs said he was annoyed about the negative comments.

“We showed our respect at the right time and I fully believe those brave people gave their lives so we could have a choice,” he said.

“Most people show respect 365 days a year, it’s not something people turn off and on.

“The Ely Fireworks night is a really big community event and demonstrates a lot of people enjoyed it.”

Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard.Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard.

Thousands gathered at Cherry Hill Park for the 11th annual Ely Fireworks - but some criticised organisers for holding it on Armistice Day.

While families packed the area overlooking Ely Cathedral on Saturday evening, the event has been met with criticism.

One woman wrote on a Facebook group: “Am I the only one who thinks Ely’s Fireworks display on Armistice Day showed a lack of respect?

“And anyway it could have been organised nearer to the 5th. Maybe I am getting too old but I think they could have had a little more thought and respect to have it on the 11/11.”

The post on social media has since attracted dozens of comments

Rachel Wibrow said that Ely Fireworks is always later so it doesn’t clash with Wilburton’s firework display.


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