Hedge End’s Fireworks Cancelled

Greta Park after the 2012 Carnival. Photo: Keith Day

Greta Park after the 2012 Carnival. Photo: Keith Day

Hedge End Carnival Committee have announced that the annual fireworks display and fun fair, which was scheduled to take place this weekend, Saturday 15th November, has been cancelled.

The unfortunate news has also been announced on the Hedge End Town Council website.

Although it was not on the agenda, there was a brief discussion prior to the Recreation & Amenities Committee meeting this evening.

The cancellation is due to the saturated conditions at Greta Park, which is currently unsuitable to take the heavy vehicles and the large crowd. Rather than destroy Greta Park, turn it into a quagmire (as pictured above) and subsequently have the problem of repairing the ground, the event has been cancelled early.

Such cancellations are not completely unprecedented, but they are rare. Hedge End’s fireworks normally do go ahead despite the weather, but the forecast is for more rain on top of that which we have already had, with the possibility of lightning on Saturday evening.

Cancellation a sensible decision, given the weather forecast

Cancellation is a sensible decision, given the current weather forecast for Saturday evening.

Prior to the meeting, the current Chairman of Hedge End Town Council, Cllr Baynes, revealed to the committee members who were present that in her report for the next edition of the Hedge End Gazette, she has said how much she enjoyed the fireworks. Cllr Baynes then asked if the next edition of the Gazette has already gone to the printers? She was told that it had.

There was much amusement at the misfortune, including from Cllr Baynes herself, but it was unclear whether that page could be changed at this late stage…

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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  12 comments for “Hedge End’s Fireworks Cancelled

  1. November 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Now if this does not prove to Hedge End voters that you cannot believe a single word the Fib Dems say, then nothing will..

    “Prior to the meeting, the current Chairman of Hedge End Town Council, Cllr Baynes, revealed to the committee members who were present that in her report for the next edition of the Hedge End Gazette, she has said how much she enjoyed the fireworks. Cllr Baynes then asked if the next edition of the Gazette has already gone to the printers? She was told that it had.”

    • November 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      It will be interesting to see if the Town Council do manage to correct this or not, but as things stand this evening they do have a problem…

      The other Councillors present, mainly Borough Councillors, sensibly (but belatedly) advised that the report should have been more non-committal about the fireworks…

      • November 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

        The other Councillors present, mainly Borough Councillors, sensibly (but belatedly) advised that the report should have been more non-committal about the fireworks…

        Yes, there could have been an accident or even worse a member of the public injured. This would have then looked like a whole bunch of FibDems not giving a stuff about the people but just how good the bangs were.. O’ hold on a minute.!

        Still, I must say how much I enjoyed the Christmas turkey this year.

      • November 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        Hmm surely the “Gazette Editorial Board” should take collective responsibility for this cock-up?

  2. November 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    15th September, Ray? Sorry to hear event cancelled. Still, no councillors rattling buckets this year.

    • November 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Ha ha. Well spotted Pianoman. You have the eyes of an eagle. Thanks…!

      • November 12, 2014 at 11:42 pm

        Easily spotted Ray, just the rest of us were too polite to say anything.

  3. November 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I also had agreat time next Saturday.

    • November 12, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Delighted to hear it John. I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear that I had a great time two months ago…

  4. In Vino Veritas
    November 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I enjoyed my stay at the Ageas Bowl Hotel. Great Air conditioning. Works really well.

  5. G Fawkes
    November 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Do people realise that it is the Fairground people that pay for the excellent fireworks display not the Town Council or the Carnival committee? Yet they still charge to watch!

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