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Council’s bonfire and spectacular firework displays prove a huge success

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Around 15,500 people attended Walsall’s spectacular bonfire and firework displays last weekend held at Walsall Arboretum on Saturday and King George V Playing Fields on Sunday 5 November 2023.

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Image credit: Volunteers from Acorns successful charity bucket collection at Walsall Arboretum.

Once again, tickets for the event at the arboretum sold out quickly and attendees enjoyed firework displays accompanied by music and a traditional fun fair with stalls selling food, hot drinks and fun rides for all ages to enjoy.

The wet weather certainly didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits and volunteers from Acorns Children’s Hospice held a successful big bucket charity collection during the event raising just under £465.

“ To say our bonfire night events were a huge success is an understatement and I’m delighted that so many residents came along to enjoy these fantastic events held in our local parks and green spaces.

These events really inspire a community feeling and bring people together. I’d like to thank staff for all their hard work organising and running the events. “

Councillor Gary Flint, Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing, Leisure and Public Spaces
Walsall Council

“ We’re really grateful to the council for allowing us to hold a bucket charity collection at this popular annual event. Our fantastic group of volunteers braved the elements on the night and managed to raise just under £465 for our charity, which provides specialist palliative care for babies, children and young people and support for their families. “

Emma Rolinson, Area Fundraising Officer at Acorns Children’s Hospice in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Shropshire

Acorns Children's Hospice is a local children's charity providing specialist care services to life-limited and life threatened children and their families in Walsall and West Midlands.

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Feedback from the events was overwhelmingly positive including ‘It was a lovely evening’; ‘We had an amazing time…’; ‘It was amazing, we go every year, we look forward to it’; and ‘You did really well’

To learn from this years' experience and shape future bonfire and firework events, the Council has set up a feedback survey link where people can share their links



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