A number of firework displays and events in the county have been cancelled due to the recent heavy rainfall and other factors. While many are still going ahead, there are several events which have unfortunately been called off, leaving organisers thousands out of pocket in some cases.
One display which was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions is the Bowthorpe Park Farm event in Bourne. Organisers of the event estimated a total loss of £10,000 which would’ve gone to local causes had the event gone ahead.
Another much-anticipated event called off due to the weather was at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby. The event was supposed to include fireworks and taxy runs of the iconic Lancaster bomber and DH Mosquito, but heavy rainfall forced the organisers to make a “very hard decision”.
A firework display at Witham St Hughs was cancelled due to health and safety issues. Organisers say they paid more than £6,000 for the fireworks and refunds are now being issued.
We have put together a list of the firework and bonfire events which have been cancelled, and statements from the organisers, in Lincolnshire this year. If you know of any other events which have been cancelled, feel free to let us know by emailing email@example.com or visiting our Facebook page, Lincolnshire Live.
Cancelled fireworks and bonfire events
Bourne firework display
The event, which was to take place at Bowthorpe Park Farm in Bourne this Saturday, was called off due to the “inclement weather”. Organisers, the Bourne and District Round Table say they are “deeply saddened” to cancel the event and have asked the public to contribute what they can towards the £10,000 costs incurred by the charities.
In a statement published on social media, the group wrote: “The persistent and heavy rain that we have experienced, along with the forecast for continued adverse weather, has left our car park unsuitable for use. Unfortunately, the venue is not accessible on foot, which has left us with no choice but to cancel the event in the interest of safety and accessibility.
“For those who have purchased tickets for the event, we want to assure you that we will be issuing refunds. Please be patient as we work to process these refunds promptly. However, we also want to share with you the significant financial impact this cancellation will have on the charities we support. The estimated loss due to the cancellation of this charity event is in excess of £10,000.
“If you are in a position to help contribute to the costs incurred by the charities, we would greatly appreciate any donations, big or small, of your ticket money to support our charities. Your generosity will go a long way in helping us continue our charity work and future events.”
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre event
A much-anticipated fireworks event at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions. The East Kirkby centre was set to combine one of the county’s ‘biggest firework displays’ with taxy runs of the iconic Lancaster bomber and DH Mosquito on Saturday, November 4.
A statement reads: “Following the first event set up day today we have undertaken another thorough inspection of the show site. We are very sorry to report that in the interests of customer and aircraft safety we have had to take the very hard decision to cancel our Fireworks and night taxy run event on Saturday.
“The rainfall over the last fortnight has meant that the heavy rain we have received today, and what is forecast for Saturday, has taken the car parks and grass landing strip to a condition which would not be safe to use. Customer safety is our main concern and the condition of the car parks means that we could not ensure the safety of vehicles and customers entering and leaving the site.
The centre will be entirely closed on Saturday. This year has been unprecedented with the weather we have had for our events, we truly hope for a better year next year. If you have a ticket for the event and would like a refund please reply to your e-ticket email to request it.”
Witham St Hughs display
Organisers of the Witham St Hughs display, Witham Vhec, say they already spent £6,000 on fireworks before being forced to cancel. A statement reads: “It is with deep regret that we have had to cancel the fireworks event scheduled for this Saturday. As I’m sure you can appreciate a huge amount of work goes into organising these events through the dedication of our volunteers.
“It certainly hasn’t been an easy decision. Unfortunately, due to pressures applied to us by the parish council and their associated health and safety advisor, we were left with no other option to cancel the event. The facilities and area we were expecting to hire have been deemed not fit for use therefore we simply have nowhere to host the event.
“This clearly puts us in a challenging position financially as these events and their supporting materials are not cheap and unfortunately this cancellation is a significant loss for us.”
Organisers say they have now been forced to make the decision to dissolve the Village Events Committee and cancel upcoming events due to the financial hit.