Big Lymm Bonfire – Update from the Chairman

“First of all, thanks to everyone who came down to the bonfire on Saturday evening. You’ve all helped to raise £20,000 for charity which will be going out to many worthy causes in the coming weeks.

Further to some comments made on the night and on social media over recent days, we must also apologise to those of you who were disappointed with the event.

We take all feedback very seriously concerning any of the local events that we organise. The sheer volume of people who attended the event – much more than ever before – has certainly given us food for thought on how we can better manage the crowds next year.

As soon as we recognised that it was getting busy we started advising people they could watch the fireworks free-of-charge from the pavement outside the club and then come in once more people had left.

As regards safety, many of our volunteers are health and safety-trained, we employed a professional company to manage the fireworks display, the bonfire was marshalled with safety barriers in place and St John’s Ambulance were on site in case of a medical emergency.

We have a debrief planned in the coming weeks where all ticket/capping numbers at future events will be high on the agenda – we’ve never had to before but it may be something we need to consider.

We sincerely hope that those who had a negative experience on Saturday night are not put off from attending another Lymm and District Round Table event in the future.”

Best wishes

Ian Newhouse, Chairman, 2016/17