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

Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard.

Ely Fireworks 2017. PHOTO: Lucy Howard. - Credit: Archant

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. - Credit: Archant

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. - Credit: Archant


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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.

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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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