Free bonfire spectacular needs local sponsorship

Former mayor of Corby Gail McDade lights last year's bonfire
Former mayor of Corby Gail McDade lights last year's bonfire

Organisers of the county’s largest free bonfire spectacular have appealed for backing from local businesses.

Every year, up to 35,000 people attend a huge bonfire and fireworks display at Corby Boating Lake. Corby Council has always hosted the event for free and is keen to continue the tradition this year.

But they are hoping that local businesses can help meet some of the cost in the shape of sponsorship.

Communications officer Kim Buzzard said: “It’s always a huge event but it costs us about £4,000 each year to put on.

“We do collect donations towards it in buckets during the evening, but we’re hoping that local businesses will help support the event this year.

“We definitely want to keep it as a free event as we know its often a struggle for people to pay for organised events at the moment.

“But in order to do this we need help from the business community.”

This year’s event will take place on bonfire night itself, November 5, and will see a torchlight procession featuring civic dignitaries and local people leave the civic hub at 6.30pm.

The bonfire will be lit by mayor of Corby Cllr Mohammed Rahman at 7pm, and this will be followed by a fireworks display.

If you are interested in providing sponsorship towards the fireworks display, call organiser Lloyd Baines-Davies on 01536 464674.